Big Sean reflects on "hate, police brutality and just overall people losing their lives too early" in his moving new video for "Light." Although the track isn't an official I Decided single, the rapper largely paid for the video himself in order to spread its important message.
The video centers around three distressing scenes of senseless violence: A young girl killed in the middle of a drive-by shooting, two kids shot by police after their water guns are mistaken for real weapons and a Muslim woman stabbed by a masked assailant.
In each case, however, at the moment of death, a light descends down from the sky and prevents the body from suffering harm; soon after, Big Sean shows up driving a white van and collects the victims before taking them to a vacant parking lot where the entrance to the heavens is located.
"We shot this video a couple months ago and sucks to see these scenes are still consistently playing out in real life... even down to this week. 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," Big Sean said in a statement.
"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. This song isn't a single but is still super important to me, so I paid for a lot of this outta pocket to make sure we got this out. Rest in peace to all those who have lost life due to senseless actions. As I always say, each one of us have the power to make a change, it starts within... the inner Light."