Having amassed over 300,000 views in the first week with the official video for her incredibly honest track ‘F*CKBOY’, Tanika speaks on the surge of police brutality and gang violence in the powerful visual for her heartfelt offering ‘Officer’ filmed once again in her hometown Brixton, which hit The FADER exclusively alongside a raw and uncut interview.
The video, directed by Kaizen (the directors behind ‘F**CKBOY’), is set in Tanika’s hometown Brixton at The Ritzy Picturehouse Cinemas. Opening with a clip from the news of a mother in complete despair mourning the death of her child; the video takes us through a series of events, touching on the London Riots, clips of police brutality and a touching appearance of Mike Brown, an 18 year old male shot dead by police officers in Ferguson last August. The singer-songwriter’s cutting lyrics and powerful delivery combined with the moving message narrated through the visuals makes this unforgettable protest from Tanika, a tasteful expression of frustration and a demand for change.
“I felt it was important for me to express what’s in my heart. Our sons and men are dying. It’s a genocide that everyone else can choose to be silent on. I’m just not here for anything that isn’t from the heart and real to me. And I’m happy that by me being me I’m in my lane, and on this road right how we need to rise up and speak about what’s happening now. If you think music isn’t powerful and that we shouldn’t address things that matter to us via out music then you can univite me to the party, that’s the party I’m not attending” – Tanika.
With some scorching releases in the pipeline, including ‘Out Here’ featuring UK heavyweight Stormzy and a single featuring Wretch 32 and Chip, the anticipation for Tanika’s EP (due to land early next year) is growing strong. There is no doubt that this is just the beginning for the South London singer-songwriter.