'16 Shots' by Vic Mensa Takes Aim at Chicago's Police Brutality

By: Riley von Niessen - Nov 6, 2016
References: youtube & hypebeast
Growing up in Chicago's South Side, rapper Vic Mensa experienced firsthand the city's ongoing problems with gun violence and race-driven police brutality -- which is what he unfolds in the music video for his single '16 Shots.'

Specifically, it references the shooting of Laquan McDonald, who Vic Mensa was good friends with and fought for in a number protests that followed his passing. Throughout the video, the rapper tells the story of what went down on that October night in 2014 -- speaking to the unnecessary and grossly excessive force that was used.

Playing out the events, Vic Mensa is depicted confronting members of law enforcement, while also referencing other high-profile cases against people of color. With this, 16 Shots functions as a PSA, getting out an important message to a large demographic of fans in a highly impactful medium.