Haviah Mighty is set to release a new mixtape called Stock Exchange this fall, and today she’s shared a video for her new track, “Protest (feat, Yizzy).”
The collaboration with Yizzy is a visceral exploration of feelings that marginalized individuals carry with them every day, and how centuries of suffering at the hands of law enforcement impacts you on a daily basis. The accompanying Kit Weyman and Chrris Lowe-directed video expands on these themes, with captivating clips of Mighty performing along to the tune.
“This song is my protest – a reminder that regardless of all the conversation, the chatter, the media, the justices and injustices – this feeling and fear we walk with, is as present as ever,” Mighty explains. “After all these years, encountering the police as a marginalized person still triggers pure fear. These feelings within the production – the intensity and depth of the chords, the stress and tension of the pacing – it all mirrors the feelings of paranoia, fear, control, and our innate will to survive when encountering law enforcement. Having UK-based artist, Yizzy, bless this record brings it full circle. From a light skin male’s perspective somewhere else on the globe, our experiences still mirror one another, a further testament to the eerie similarities of trauma among Black folks.”
Watch the video for “Protest” below.
Mighty’s forthcoming mixtape is set to include collaborations with Jalen Santoy, Old Man Saxon, TOBi, Grandtheft, and more. Stock Exchange refers to how artists are forced to validate their worth based on data like followers and subscribers, which takes away from the actual experience of their art.
“These statistics that we use to compare ourselves to others and to define our successes, have become proof of our worth,” Mighty adds. “It’s all perception. These ideas around perceived value got me thinking about the Stock Exchange. Seeing parallels between the way it flows – the constant rising and falling – all dictated by the general public’s perception of an entity’s value, and ultimately how that influences the moves that we make as individuals.”
Lead photo courtesy of Yung Yemi.