It's taken us decades to get to this point in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, and hundreds of years to get from plantation battlefields into the concrete trenches that inspired Cozz's new video "Western Ave. Slaves," featuring rapper/singer/producer enimaL.
J. Cole's Dreamville signee premiered the visuals this week, the latest imagery off his critically acclaimed debut album Cozz & Effect. "It's a man that she worships / 'Cause the man keep her afloat, as if they were ships / But you gotta think about the bigger picture / I know that n***a hit ya / You don't deserve that type of s**t / You a queen, you a god, you a perfect type chick," he spits in the song, named in part after a major four lane street in his hometown of L.A.
enimaL takes on the hook: "I know you been stressin' baby, nothin' but a Western slave / Chasin' that paper baby, nothin' but a Western slave / I know you feel the pressure baby, but don't let it get you baby / Nothin' but a Western slave, we nothin' but Western slaves."
Cozz signed to Dreamville this month last year. The collective (parented by Interscope and including their first signee, Bas) goes on tour in the U.S. and Canada starting July 12 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Wash. Big Sean, YG and Jeremih are among the special guests.
Watch the full video for "Western Ave. Slaves" below. Warning: the clip contains explicit language and visuals. View responsibly.
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