In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Pastor Young preaches to the people in the powerful video for “Sweet Life” featuring Janelle Monáe. The black-and-white clip shines a spotlight on criminal justice reform and opens with Jeezy reading a newspaper article about youth imprisonment. Throughout the clip, there are scenes of police officers arresting a young black man, prisons, and gun violence.
— Young Jeezy (@Jeezy) January 18, 2016
“Ever since I came into this music game, I’ve tried to make motivational music, whether you’re on the corner hustling or in the corner office making power moves,” Jeezy told CNN. “‘Sweet Life’ is no different, but it’s a bit more of a personal track because I rap about my own trials and tribulations. I wanted this video, with Janelle Monáe, to show what could have happened to me and does happen to African Americans every day.”
The song comes off his latest album Church in These Streets, which debuted at No. 4 (107,000) in November.