There are a lot of cool music videos that we can expect to see this week. Both Cassper Nyovest and iFani will be releasing videos for their highly anticipated singles, but today it is the turn of Khuli Chana and his new video, 9 Shots to appease the hip hop masses.
As anyone could probably deduce from the title, the song is about the shooting incident that took place in 2013 where police officers shot at the rapper without sufficient reason. Thankfully, Khuli's injuries were minimal but understandably, he wasn't happy with our local police force. He went on to press charges against the SAPS for the entire debacle which took place because they had mistaken his identity.
In November of 2014, we heard the song 9 Shots for the first time, which was released as a free download- a year after the now infamous shooting incident. At a time when hip hop heads are yearning to see local rappers using their music as a platform to spread meaningful messages, I thought to myself that 9 Shots could be the one. You know what? I wasn't disappointed either, and for a while I've been hoping it could be released as a single, or even a video.
This week, the latter came true as the Mzansi music scene was lit up by the lyrical flame that is Khuli Chana. His management, Sheila Afari PR, had this to say about the music video:
"9 Shots explores Khuli Chana's metaphorical journey from anger to forgiveness. It further explores the oscillation he experienced between hopelessness to hopefulness as the very public and often very dramatic journey unfolded.
As such it should not be taken out of context and viewed as a song attacking any individual or the SA Police Services at large. Instead it should be seen as Khuli Chana's artistic attempt to visually and sonically express the plethora of emotions he felt as a victim of an accidental shooting that almost ended his life prematurely and the subsequent media furore that saw his name needlessly drawn through the mud through a series of false allegations and countless media headlines."
I think they hit the nail on the head with this description and I've already watched the video twice this morning! I know that some will find it a bit gruesome, especially with the scenes where there's blood in the actor's hands. But I love it. We spoke this week about pushing the envelope, referring to e.tv's new dramas, but it's just as refreshing to see it from our musicians. 9 Shots gets a big thumbs up from me!