Chicago rapper Vic Mensa has shared the official music video for his controversial track “16 Shots.” The song was debuted at a Justice For Flint event in February, and appears on the EP he released in June, There’s Alot Going On. The song was created in memory of Laquan McDonald, a seventeen-year-old who was fatally shot by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014.
“This record is like self-defense,” Mensa said of the song in a Beats 1 interview with Ebro Darden. “To me, Laquan McDonald represents Emmett Till which represents every name down the line. Since then a lot of things have changed, but one thing hasn’t changed: our lives are not respected.”
On Saturday, the two-year anniversary of McDonald’s death, Mensa released the harrowing visuals for the track. In the Ace Norton-directed video, Mensa gets involved in a heated standoff with a group of police officers. Wearing a jacket with the word “resist” written across the back, Mensa is brutally beaten by the officers. After he picks himself off the ground, he gets shot a total of three times. The powerful clip ends with footage from McDonald’s fatal shooting.
The video was released as a TIDAL exclusive. Stream it below.