Image from 'Shine' video
Big Sean has released a poignant new video for his song "Shine," featuring Jeremih.
While the lyrics themselves are already powerful, the video, which arrived Friday night, puts the song into visual perspective. "Even if you take away my life, you can't take the light," Sean declares on the track.
In the video, the emcee is seen driving a white van and picking up young victims who have been killed. First, he finds a young girl caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting. He then sees two young black men shot by police officers. Later, he witnesses the murder of woman wearing a hijab.
But as the song insists, "you can't take the light." And the video ends with each of the victims surrounded by light as they ascend into the sky.
“We shot this video a couple months ago and [it] sucks to see these scenes are still consistently playing out in real life—even down to this week," Big Sean said in a statement, likely a nod to the death of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old black boy killed by a police officer in Texas.
He continued: "It's disheartening sometimes to see that not much has changed when it comes to hate, police brutality [and] 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 [and] all that makes us shine."
The moving video, directed by Lawrence Lamont, can be seen below.