Anderson .Paak delivered the debut performance of his powerful new protest song “Lockdown” with Jay Rock on Sunday at the BET Awards.
The track, which was released earlier this month in the midst of nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality, comes packed with compelling lyrics like, “When we riot, got opinions coming’ from a place of privilege/ Sicker than the COVID how they did him on the ground/ Speakin’ of the COVID, is it still goin’ around?”
The streamed performance opens with .Paak performing from behind a drum set with a painted-on, swollen black eye. As the track progresses, .Paak raps into a microphone that appears to also function as a flashlight, and eventually the clip enters on a circle of garbage cans set aflame.
Watch .Paak and Rock’s performance in full below.