WATCH: ‘Why I Vote’ Web Series Features Music Stars Tackling Police Brutality, LGBT Rights


Music video streaming service Vevo launched a new original series called “Why I Vote” on Monday night, coinciding with the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and featuring Kesha, T.I. and Vic Mensa, in an attempt to encourage millennials and the general public to get out and vote on November 8.

The first episode features Chicago-born rapper Vic Mensa, who talks about his experience with police brutality.

“My earliest memories with police officers are like, ‘Get your hands out that f*cking hoodie before I punch you in the f*cking face!” the rapper says.

“What the f*ck did I do? What I do? What law did I break?” It’s like you live with that enough and there’s really no turning back,” Mensa adds.

(Warning: Strong Language)

Mensa, a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, recently took to the streets to protest the shooting death of his friend Laquan McDonald, who was shot by police officers while allegedly armed with a knife.

Variety notes that Mensa also took part in voting Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez out of office. Alvarez had resisted releasing video footage of the shooting. Breitbart News previously reported that “Alvarez moved up a decision to charge the officer with first-degree murder – the first such charge of a uniformed officer in the city’s history – a decision authorities may hope will head off some public outrage.”

Future episodes of the show will reportedly feature singer Kesha, who will talk about LGBT rights, and rapper T.I., who will discuss local politics and mass incarceration.

T.I. has been particularly outspoken this year both on issues of police brutality and the 2016 presidential race.

The Atlanta-based rapper released the Black Lives Matter-inspired song “War Zone” earlier this month, and recently got into a war of words with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whom he accused of “destroying” black families during his time in office.

In March, T.I. sent a profanity-laced video message to Donald Trump.

“I say this as nonviolently but unapologetically as possible: F–k you and f–k what you stand for! Nobody who supports me will support you,” the rapper said in a video posted to his Instagram page.


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