Big Sean shines some “Light” in the powerful video for his Jeremih collaboration off his chart-topping album I Decided. Directed by Lawrence Lamont, the stirring clip tackles police brutality, discrimination, and gang violence.
It opens with the Detroit MC riding in a white van. A drive-by shooting occurs and a little girl gets caught in the crossfire. Sean comes through in his white van and picks her up. Then more violence occurs when two unarmed young black men are shot by the police. A woman wearing a hijab also falls victim to a hate crime stabbing.
In the end, they emerge from the white van and are lifted into the sky, along with Sean, who appears to serve as an angel bringing them to heaven.
“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,” said Sean. “It’s disheartening sometimes to see that not much has changed when it comes to hate, police brutality n 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.”
While the song is not a single, it was important to Sean that it received a visual. “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,” he explained. “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.”
Sean has a big weekend ahead. He is set to co-headline Power 106’s Powerhouse on Saturday and perform at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday. Plus, he and Jhené Aiko are planning to release a sequel to last year’s TWENTY88 album later this year.