Vic Mensa Performs “16 Shots” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’
Vic Mensa brought his powerful anti-police brutality anthem "16 Shots" to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! stage Monday night (Nov. 7), on the eve of Election Day, delivering a message against the unnecessary use of force and against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the process.
The performance starts out with Mensa rapping acapella, two officers dressed in riot gear rushing the stage to apprehend him. Other similarly dressed officers join them behind Vic for the remainder of the set. Mensa has the song cut short though to speak to the in-studio audience and those watching at home, encouraging all to go out and vote today.
"I’m a young black man from Chicago and I’m tired of not being able to trust the police," he says. "I want to have faith in the men and women sworn to protect me. I don’t want to see another 17-year-old killed like Laquan McDonald murdered in the street. So when I hear a candidate talking about law and order and stop and frisk is the answer to our problems. You don’t know our problems in Chicago and you damn sure don’t speak for us. Tomorrow we have the biggest election of our lifetime. So you gotta get out and vote against hate. Because Donald Trump is a racist and if you don’t vote, racism wins. That’s what I gotta say."
Mensa dropped the video for "16 Shots" in late October, depicting himself executed by police. Watch his Jimmy Kimmel performance up above.
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