For the latest video from his album Entitled, Torae taps New Orleans spitter 3D Na’tee for the righteous “Crown,” where the two MCs trade verses about sustaining black pride in the face of systemic oppression. The visual is literally and figuratively arresting, with Torae laying on the ground outlined in chalk after being shot by a cop. The timing comes a day after video of another unarmed Black man named Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by police in Tulsa.
“I was really on the fence about dropping this video today,” Torae wrote in a statement. “We shot ‘Crown’ last month with plans to release it this week, then #TerenceCrutcher happened. Immediately I thought we can’t drop the video now, it’s in poor taste. However the more I mulled it over, the more I felt it was the perfect time to release this visual. These are the harsh realities we are facing as black men and women in this country every single day. The fact of the matter is today ‘Crown’ is a music video I willingly filmed, tomorrow I could end up the same way in a video shot by a bystander.”
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