Can Lil Nas X do no unsuitable?
The highly-anticipated music video for his newest single that includes Jack Harlow, “Business Child,” is right here — and it’s all of the wretchedness his followers have been anticipating, after which some.
Choosing up the place his preliminary teaser left off, the rapper will get sentenced to “5 years at Montero State Jail,” a cheeky callout to his actual identify, which is Montero Lamar Hill, and the identify of his debut full-length album, Montero (launch date TBA).
The video cuts to 3 months later, the place Nas clearly is the queen bee in his cell block.
He struts down the row together with his fellow jail mates, who’re adorned in pink fits, earlier than it cuts to an epic dance sequence within the jail showers, the place they’re all nude — together with Nas — and clearly unabashed.
Later within the video, Harlow, a fellow Montero inmate, slips the rapper a small pickaxe. Then, à la Shawshank Redemption, the duo assist the remainder of the prisoners bust out of jail (however not earlier than one other epic dance sequence within the yard).
With a narrative by Nas and course by Christian Breslauer, the Take A Daytrip- and Kanye West-produced single is the rapper’s newest following “Montero (Name Me by Your Title)” and “Solar Goes Down,” each a part of his forthcoming album.
The video additionally has an additional element, one with a a lot deeper function.
Nas teamed up with The Bail Challenge, a non-profit group that raises bail funds for these caught in pretrial detention.
When describing his alternative to provide again on this approach, Nas wrote, “Music is the way in which I combat for liberation. It’s my act of resistance. However I additionally know that true freedom requires actual change in how the prison justice system works. Beginning with money bail.”
“This isn’t simply theoretical for me. It’s private,” he added. “I do know the ache that incarceration brings to a household. And I do know the disproportionate affect that money bail has on Black Individuals. Individuals like Vita from New Orleans, Kamren from Austin, and Leticia from Baton Rouge — their tales remind us why we should take motion.”
“So,” he continued. “I’m doing one thing about it and I invite you to affix me. Ending money bail is among the most essential civil rights problems with our time. Donate what you may to the Bail X Fund. Let’s convey individuals residence and let’s combat for freedom and equality.”
Almost half one million individuals sit in jail earlier than trial on any given day in america, in response to The Bail Challenge.
In truth, younger Black males are 50 % extra more likely to be detained pretrial than white defendants, in response to the Jail Coverage Initiative. Moreover, Black and brown individuals obtain bail quantities which are twice as excessive as white defendants. Total, in response to the info, 65 % of jail populations are unconvicted defendants who can’t afford bail.
In true Nas trend, the rapper is having enjoyable with the slew of responses prompted by the discharge of the video.