In anticipation of his forthcoming full-length debutThe Healing Component, Mick Jenkins has released visuals for his BadBadNotGood-produced track “Drowning.” Simply put: the video is yet another awe-inspiring installment in Jenkins’ mastery of metaphors both verbally and in this case, visually.
Go ahead and press play on this cinematic gem.
The brilliantly-shot video, directed by Nathan R. Smith, depicts Jenkins as a slave escaping and eventually succumbing to the grasp of a pair of maleficent slave masters, but the tables quickly turn as Jenkins and his comrades begin to exact revenge on their captors, only to be reminded of the overwhelming power of love and forgiveness in the form of the purity of a child.
Jenkins’ music and videos have consistently been ripe with metaphor, as evidenced by his frequent use of water as a symbol of truth and evolution. Through the use of poignant and powerful symbolism, Mick has made clear he’s well aware of the systematic exploitation and oppression of his people and culture, and at the same time the Free Nation representative’s art is a resounding reminder of love as the ultimate weapon.
In the midst of our nation coming face to face with the full weight of its racial history and the intensifying ramifications of the still largely unrepentant ambiance of white supremacy, Jenkins is offering a stern acknowledgement of the flagrant wrongdoings of past oppressors and the pitfalls of willful mental enslavement, yet with a loving hand reaching outward towards a unified future.
There's a reason we selected Mick Jenkins as DJBooth Top Prospect two years ago; today he served up another reminder.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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