In the powerful video directed by Lawrence Lamont, Sean drives a white van and collects victims of senseless violence. There’s a young girl caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout, two black teens gunned down by police, and a woman in a hijab who’s stabbed in the street. Each victim is bathed in a ray of light, and in the end, Sean joins them as they peacefully ascend into heaven.
In a note posted to Twitter, Big Sean explained that “Light” is not an official single, but it was important to him to release the song with a statement-making visual.
“We shot this video a couple months ago and sucks to see these scenes are still consistently playing out in real life … even down to this week,” he wrote, seemingly alluding to the recent killing of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by Texas police.
He continued, “It’s disheartening sometimes to see that not much has changed when it comes to hate, police brutality [and] just overall people losing their lives too early. But when I wrote this song, it was to reassure myself that no matter what happens, they can't take away our Soul, our confidence, our ideas, n all that makes us shine. This song isn't a single but is still super important to me, so I paid for a lot of this outta pocket to make sure we got this out. Rest in peace to all those who have lost life due to senseless actions. As I always say, each one of us have the power to make a change, it starts within … the inner Light.”
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