In honor of National Voter Registration day, Vevo has kicked off its new series, “Why I Vote.” In the first episode, Chicago native Vic Mensa shared why voting is so important to him.
The 23-year old rapper, who released his politically charged song “16 Shots” earlier this year, was inspired by his interactions with the police and the death of Laquan McDonald. “All my earliest memories with police were like ‘Hey, get your fucking hands out of your hoodie before I punch you in the fucking face,” he said. Vic also recalled another police interaction during a peaceful protest in honor of Laquan McDonald in 2015.
Watch Vic Mensa explain the importance of voting in “Why I Vote” below and register here.