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Anderson .Paak shares emotional video for Juneteenth single ‘Lockdown’

Anderson .Paak has shared the video for his brand new politically charged single ‘Lockdown’.

The release has arrived on June 19th to match up with unofficial US holiday known as Juneteenth, an annual event which celebrates the end of slavery in the US.

‘Lockdown’ sees Paak discuss police brutality and the protests which have shot up all around the world following the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Paak says in the track: “Oh, won’t you tell me ’bout the lootin’ what’s that really all about?” he raps. “‘Cause they throw away black lives like paper towels / Plus unemployment rate, what, 40 million now? / Killed a man in broad day, might never see a trial / We just wanna break chains like slaves in the South.”

The song has been accompanied by a video that was directed by Dave Meyers. The video sees Paak go to a diner following a protest with fellow musicians Jay Rock, Syd of The Internet, SiR, Dominic Fike and Dumbfoundead. The end of the clip sees the artist back at home at his piano, which wakes his son up and then finishes with a poignant shot of them both on the couch with Paak in tears.

A message with the video notes that .Paak’s foundation .Paak House has made donations to bail funds in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Albany, and that the salaries of the cast and crew were donated to different charitable organisations.

Watch the moving video below.