Prince’s estate has shared a poignant video for his 2015 track ‘Baltimore’ which features footage from rallies and protests that inspired the track. The visuals share a similar sight to the powerful ongoing Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
On what would have been the late iconic artist’s 62nd birthday, his estate has shared a moving music video for the HITnRUN Phase 2 track ‘Baltimore’ which is made up of footage from protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray and Michael Brown—two black men unlawfully killed by the police in 2015 and 2014, respectively.
The video also features clips taken from the Purple One’s ‘Rally 4 Peace’ benefit concert which took place in Baltimore following Gray’s death. To the blind eye, these images could easily be pulled from protests spanning the globe in 2020 as the world mourns the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officer Derek Chauvin and aim to finally get racial justice.
The clip ends with a poignant quote from Prince himself, which reads: “The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life.”
Prince’s estate also shared this powerful quote from the Purple One this weekend which is astonishingly relevant for the time we find ourselves living in: “Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of ‘Love 4 One Another.’ In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today.”
The note reads: “Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE.”
Check out the video for ‘Baltimore’, below.