Home Uncategorized Watch the Stirring Debut Video From Keedron Bryant For His Viral Hit...

Watch the Stirring Debut Video From Keedron Bryant For His Viral Hit ‘I Just Wanna Live’

Keedron Bryant, the 13-year-old viral star who landed a major label contract due to his inspiring George Floyd tribute anthem “I Just Wanna Live,” released a provocative video for the track on Monday (July 27).

After gaining attention in late May with a home-brewed smartphone video for the song about the perils of being a young black man in America, Bryant is back with a visual directed by Sara Lacombe that captures the urgency of his message.

The clip opens with a group of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a giant American flag drips blood above them. Bryant, on his knees, croons the refrain, “I just wanna live/ God protect me/ I’m a young Black,” as an angry white police officer points a gun in his face while a group of young people surround him.

The simple, but har-hitting lyrics of the song, fleshed out into a three-minute, slow-burning soul stirrer, are enhanced by Lacombe’s stark imagery, including a black hoodie with Skittles in the pocket in a reference to the murder of Trayvon Martin, as well as shots of an American flag tied into a noose, a hanging bundle of handcuffs and chains and the sight of Bryant begging for his life as the officer stands unmoved.

At one point, a Black body painted with the names of Eric Brown, Floyd, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor and other Black men and women who died at the hands of police fills the screen, with Bryant standing trapped in the middle of a circle of American flags pointed at his neck like weapons. In a nod to the protests across the nation over the past two months in the wake of the police-caused killed of Floyd in Minneapolis, the visual also depicts clashes with police, offering a glimmer of hope for reconciliation in the final frames.

Bryant earned praise from LeBron James, gospel great Kirk Franklin, Katy Perry and former Pres. Barack Obama, among many others, for his powerful a cappella anthem.

Watch the “I Just Wanna Live” video below.

Must Read

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ Has 30 Songs: Our Track List Predictions

Taylor Swift promised that with the release of Red (Taylor’s Version) — her upcoming re-recorded Red album, due out on Nov. 19 — “this...

Is ‘All Too Well’ the 10-Minute Song on Taylor Swift’s Re-Recorded ‘Red’?

Taylor Swift’s announcement about her re-recorded Red was wrapped with a big hint that die-hard fans might finally get a gift they’ve been wanting for...

Macy Gray Calls for Update of American Flag: ‘One That Represents All States and All of Us’

Macy Gray is proposing that the American flag be redesigned to represent its diverse population. The Grammy-winning singer, 53, wrote an op-ed for Market Watch...

Seventeen’s ‘Choice’ for Latest Mini-Album? ‘We Want to Top the Billboard Charts’

Seventeen have lofty ambitions for their latest mini-album, Your Choice. “The goal is to be on Billboard’s charts. We want to top the Billboard charts,” Seungkwan...

Nogizaka46 Shoots to No. 1 on Japan Hot 100 With Over 700K CDs Sold

Nogizaka46’s “Gomenne Fingers Crossed” soars to No. 1 on the latest Billboard Japan Hot 100, dated June 7 to 13, selling 704,346 CDs in...