While protesters march for “Black Lives Matter,” Charles Hamilton leads his own demonstration in the cinematic video for “New York Raining.” In the black-and-white trailer, the Harlem rapper plays a Black Panther during the civil rights era. While he types a letter to his lover from behind bars, there are flashbacks of him protesting for equal rights and clashing with police, mixed with romantic scenes and a quick cameo from Rita Ora.
“We understood the struggle would be dangerous. I’m just sorry that our relationship was a sacrifice,” he tells his girl Patricia.
The song, which appears on the “Empire” soundtrack, is the first single off Charles’ upcoming debut album.
Watch the 30-second teaser below.
— Rita Ora (@RitaOra) April 8, 2015
Over the weekend, Charles and Rita performed the song together on the U.K. finale of “The Voice.”