Of the many celebrities that have either spoken out against systemic oppression or provided to the ongoing protests’ soundtrack, Tyrese has certainly become one of the most vocal — here even recently travelled to Washington D.C. for the second March On Washington, 57 years after the iconic, life-changing event first took place. He also took this opportunity to release a new visual titled “Legendary,” which features assistance from CeeLo Green and sends a direct message to those in power that allow Black lives to continue to senselessly perish. Tyrese further explains the offering via press release:
“Legendary is powerful because the music and the video are meant to shift how we are seen. We’re in the middle of a revolution. As Black people we are fighting two pandemics: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism. The video painfully underscores the plight of our community, while asserting that Black Lives Matter.”
The clip is directed by Deon Taylor and intentionally clocks in at 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the exact amount of time that Derek Chauvin held his knee on George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis. The clip begins with Tyrese’s chilling portrayal of a man in Floyd’s position, unable to breathe while a helpless crowd stands nearby, before showing several clips of current protests all over the country while the collaborators performing the hard-hitting cut in militant fashion. Those scenes are then following by different messages about Breonna Taylor, Donald Trump, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The end of the heart-wrenching clip returns to the initial scene, where a bystander risks his life to save Tyrese by tackling said cop, saved by a Black woman on the force to takes action against her own.
Tyrese also revealed on social media that many attempted to keep the video from ever seeing the light:
“Racism has tried to stop this video from being released….. multiple people have tried to stop this from ever being seen…… It’s time…”