Young Jeezy & Janelle Monae Tackle Political Issues in ‘Sweet Life’ Video
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In the clip, Jeezy sits down and he reads a newspaper where the headline reads, “Youth imprisonment on the rise.” Another headline reads, “21-year-old in ATL gunned down.” The video then switches from different versions of Jeezy in a suit and in outerwear. It also shows a young man in handcuffs until we see Monae.
“Sweet life, oh my, you turn this to light,” she sings. “All the darkness, scattered out of sight / I’ve been waiting on this for some time / Now that it’s here, I’m going to be fine.”
The entire black-and-white video features Jeezy spitting lines about rising to the top and showing the problems of criminal justice reform.
“Ever since I came into this music game, I’ve tried to make motivational music, whether you’re on the corner hustling or in the corner office making power moves,” Jeezy told CNN. “‘Sweet Life’ is no different, but it’s a bit more of a personal track because I rap about my own trials and tribulations. I wanted this video, with Janelle Monáe, to show what could have happened to me and does happen to African Americans every day.”
Jeezy also tweeted about the crisis in Flint, Mich., where residents haven’t had safe drinking water for months in light of outrage over Oscars not nominating people of color in this year’s awards ceremony.
“Why we worried about the Oscars? We need to be worried about what’s going on in Flint and Chicago. MLK didn’t die for shows and trophies,” he tweeted on Martin Luther King Day on Monday (Jan. 18).
Check out the “Sweet Life” video above.