Stormzy has released an animated new visual for “Superheroes,” a cut from his Heavy is the Head album.
The clip follows superhero versions of UK rappers such as Stormzy, Little Simz and Dave as they save young Black youths from dangerous situations while inspiring them to stand up for their rights. The visual also ends with a homage to late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died of cancer last month: “Forever a superhero in our hearts.”
“We had to highlight the injustice of how many young black males have been stopped and searched in the streets of the UK. It happens all the time. And it can be boys just playing football on the estate or whatever,” director Taz Tron Delix told Little Black Book.
“I saw it in lockdown. All those people were getting drunk on the field and doing stuff that they probably shouldn’t be doing in lockdown rules, yet the kids who are only 12 or 13 playing football in the cage were the ones getting harassed by police officers.”
In a separate statement, Stormzy said that he “wanted to make this video to basically inspire you guys, to let you know that the sky is the limit, to let you know that all those things inside of you make you incredible,” per the BBC.
Stormzy’s Heavy is the Head album arrived last year and saw features from HER, Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Headie One, Tiana Major9 and more. More recently, he collaborated with Headie One and AJ Tracey on “Ain’t it Different.”
Watch his new “Superheroes” video below: