Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seemed to ignite and bring awareness to the on-going string of police brutality and societal injustice. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announced they will be boycotting this year’s Academy Awards, as well as Jeezy premiering a politically charged visual for his collaborative song “Sweet Life” with Janelle Monáe on CNN. And what a perfect venue to deliver such a relevant and powerful message than a news network.
“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 said in a statement to 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.”
“Sweet Life” is featured on Jeezy’s latest album Church In These Streets, which debuted at No.4 in November, and the video helps to highlight the lyrical theme of regaining control, respect and declaring a state of emergency amongst the black communities.
Watch the conscious video below.