Pharoahe Monch Releases Anti-Police Brutality Video
Queens rapper Pharoahe Monch released a new video today, in support of the 15th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. The visual is taken from footage of a performance at the Jazz Cafe in London last month, where Pharoahe debuted his anti-police brutality song ‘Clap (One Day),’ from his forthcoming album ‘W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).’
“Instead of protect and serve, police often escalate situations, as with the cases of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, or Aiyana Stanley Jones, and hundreds more who fell victim to police violence,” Pharoahe explained. “I wrote this song to express my frustration, as well as raise the question of how our communities can create safety and prevent violence, with out relying on police.”
The National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality takes place across the country annually, in protest of police violence against innocent citizens.
Though the song’s title seems to advocate violence against police, Pharoahe was quick to clarify that his brother is actually a police officer, and that ‘Clap’ is more about America’s “broken system” than the actual officers themselves.
“My brother is a police officer so I know there are some well intentioned people wearing blue uniforms,” the former Organized Konfusion rapper revealed. “But the issue of police violence is much bigger than good cops and bad cops, it comes down to a broken system which criminalizes our communities, and must be completely transformed.”
A short film and music video for ‘Clap (One Day)’ are planned for a December release. Pharoahe’s album ‘W.A.R.’ will be released by Duck Down Records in February of 2011.