Vic Mensa brings “16 Shots” to late night.
Joined by Travis Barker, the Chicago spitter performed the powerful, politically-charged anthem off There’s Alot Going On on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday (Nov. 7).
After rapping about injustice and being grabbed by a S.W.A.T. team as part of the show, Mensa stopped the music, broke the fourth wall, and delivered an impassioned speech.
“I’m a young black man from Chicago and I’m tired of not being able to trust the police,” he said. “I want to have faith in the men and women sworn to protect me. I don’t want to see another 17-year-old kid like Laquan McDonald murdered in the street.”
He then turned his attention to Donald Trump. “When I hear a candidate talking about law and order and stop-and-frisk is the answer to our problems, you don’t know our problems in Chicago and you damn sure don’t speak for us,” he added. “We have the biggest election of our lifetime so you gotta get out and vote against hate. Donald Trump is a racist and if you don’t vote, racism wins.”
Mensa isn’t alone in his anti-Trump rhetoric. Jay Z, will.i.am, and YG have also been among those who’ve voiced their displeasure with the Republican nominee.
Earlier this year, Vic spoke with Rap-Up about the inspiration behind “16 Shots.” “[The song] specifically was inspired by my time in the streets of Chicago after the murder of Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke,” said Mensa. “In those rallies, I was hearing ’16 shots’ because that’s how many times they shot Laquan.”
Vic is currently working on a follow-up to There’s Alot Going On.