Backed by The Roots, the Grammy winner gathered all his pent-up frustration with America’s ongoing issues with racism and personal experiences and funneled it with every bold lyric and guitar lick.
As the flames roser higher and higher in background, Clark Jr. took the performance to another level with a rage-filled electric guitar solo. This combination, along with the Antebellum-era mansion in background, made the singer’s message all the more important.
“This Land” is the title track of the Texas native’s third studio album, release last Feburary. “I don’t want to be that angry guy, but I’m pissed that in 2018 we still got to deal with [racism] after everything my family went through, my family before them went through,” Clark expressed to Billboard following a tense exchange with his neighbor.
“I don’t want to have to tell my son that I was insulted because of my skin color. So I was just like, ‘I’m in your neighborhood. I’m going to be here. There’s going to be more of us here. F–k you.’”
Watch Gary Clark Jr.’s performance below.