Usher and Nas address police brutality in new video for 'Chains'
As protests against police violence continue to flare up across the country, the issue is correspondingly being more discussed in hip-hop music. Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06 are just two recent critically acclaimed rap albums to address the issue. Usher and Nas also followed suite when they released the single “Chains” last year with an interactive music video designed to stop the viewer from trying to look away from photos and stories of police violence victims.
On Tuesday, Usher and Nas released a second, more straightforward video for “Chains.” Whereas last year’s was more focused on the viewer, this video showcases the struggles of the artists themselves. Usher spends the video walking around distraught when he’s not getting chased by the specters of violence and attending tragic funerals.
Watch the video below.