Ab-Soul surveys the current state of race relations through the gaze of an influential political activist in the Top Dawg rapper’s new video for “Huey Knew.”
The song’s title, “Huey Knew,” references Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton, and throughout the video, the rapper immortalizes the iconic photo of Newton sitting in a wicker chair, wearing a leather jacket with guns in hand.
Throughout the video, the screens surrounding Ab-Soul flash images of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, instances of police brutality and Donald Trump, whose race-baiting rhetoric has dominated headlines for months.
Toward the latter portion of the video, a graffiti artist is seen tagging a projection of the White House, a nod to his lyric, “Bucket of black paint outside the White House.”
On Instagram, Ab-Soul posted a photo from the “Huey Knew” set alongside a quote by Newton, “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.”
The Willie B-produced “Huey Knew” is the first cut off Ab-Soul upcoming fourth LP, reportedly titled DWTW, the follow-up to his 2014 album These Days…