Daye Jack and Killer Mike Release Protest Video for “Hands Up”
Music has long been one of the strongest forms of protest with its ability to inspire and bring people together. Daye Jack, a Nigerian-born Atlanta-raised former New York University student, hopes to have a similar impact as musicians like Bob Marley and Bob Dylan who used their lyrics to stir up emotion.
Triggered by police brutality and the racially-charged deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the "Hands Up" video is a montage of news clips that are both heartbreaking and uplifting. While images of the mother's of the fallen men flash across the screen bring a sense of sorrow, shots of people of all races coming together to stand up for a common cause bring feelings of hope.
With his hoodie pulled up and lyrics like "Living with my head down, hands up/No, no don't shoot," Jack takes a stand and represents for the younger generation who are tired of the way police treat black citizens in this country.
Killer Mike's appearance comes courtesy of his several guest spots on CNN and other news channels where he did interviews regarding police brutality and the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers.
"The montage served as a way to show that despite the tragic subject matter, it brought people together from all walks of life in solidarity about something that should not be tolerated," said the video's director David Gallardo in a statement.
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