Noname released her first-ever music video, for her song “Blaxploitation,” on Tuesday (Dec. 4).
“Blaxploitation” is a thoughtful track from the rapper’s critically acclaimed debut album Room 25, which was released in September. In the song’s metaphorical music video, a child innocently wanders through a small-scale model of a moonlit city. Newscasts claiming that the city of Chicago is “under siege” from the “monster baby” -- and images of a family’s horror at the child’s appearance in their window -- demonstrates the ways Noname believes the Chicago government has instilled irrational fear in its residents by creating a racist divide. Much like her fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper, Noname uses her “Blaxploitation” music video to address Chicago’s politics and the deep-rooted racism that continues to plague the city.