VIDEO PREMIERE: HEVIN “GET YOUR HANDS UP”
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hevln is living in hell, and he’s got company. The prolific producer’s lo-fi video for “Get Your Hands Up” is both emotionally detached and gut-wrenching, and a reminder—in case you forgot—that police shoot innocent people. He sings about brothers dying, stolen civil rights, and living in darkness, while playing the most narcoleptic news reporter ever. It’s like a darkly comic ’What’s Going On,’ warped by modern media. hev1n says:
“I was inspired to make this video after several high-profile police killings happened in 2014-2016, including but not limited to the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Tamir Rice. The shooting of Philando Castile—whose shooting and death was filmed on a live stream by his girlfriend as it happened—was particularly disturbing, especially when noting the fact that the officer who shot and killed him was placed on administrative leave with no further consequence. Police kill hundreds of people per year and officers that have been involved in deaths often keep their jobs and don’t face legal action. Additionally, reading the books Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis and Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault were large inspirations to critique the prison-industrial complex. I personally think the for-profit prison system is quite possibly the biggest social problem facing the United States right now. ”
The video ends with a sordid twist—an unavoidable ending hidden in plain sight. Hevln is a former public school teacher, which helps him distill complex ideas into potent packages and craft a narrative that pushes you to read ahead to the next chapter. Shit is good. He’s also the prolific producer behind Fat Tony’s latest album, 10,000 Hours—Fat Tony interviewed here—and spent years as an R&B and gospel session musician. With this video, the message of the sermon is clear: if we don’t stop police violence, we’ll all end up dead. hevln’s “Get Your Hands Up” single is available digitally now, and he’ll be performing tonight at Resident. Get tickets here!