Mane Rok tackles police brutality from a different angle on the video for "This One's"

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Update (7/25/11): Full video added below in its entirety.

Taking one of the most compelling cuts from his album The Ugly Truth, Mane Rok enlisted a small army to help him create a video for the song "This One's," a track dealing with the timely and incendiary topic of police brutality. The video for the provocative tune -- which, as you might recall, the rapper commissioned a slew of remixes -- premiered a couple of weekends ago at Casselman's.

The version of "This One's" featured in the video is Time Line's remix of the original Mane Rok and Deejay Tense track. The video, directed by the Emergency Room (Vince Lance and Nache Green, aka N8G), re-creates notorious scenes of police brutality, locally and nationally, from Frank Lobato and Paul Childs to Amidou Diallo and Rodney King.

Each of the re-creations comes with a storyline, Mane reveals, a sort of "good cop/bad cop" scenario. The goal of the piece is not merely to raise the issue, but also to open up a dialogue exploring the devolution of the "bad cop," delving into his past and revealing why he reacts so violently and why he's prone to racial profiling.

In addition to Mane flexing his acting chops in the video, the clip features cameos from a number of familiar faces from the scene, including Xencs L. Wing, Es-Nine of Prime Element, Yonnas of the Pirate Signal, Bravo One of One Eyed Kings, Opt Won of Isolated Generation, Onit & Silla of TME, Network of Future Ref Crew and Ichiban. The video captures the emotional trauma associated with police brutality. Some of the scenes are a little gruesome, as the storyline re-enacts several well known scenes of brutality, but all in all, Mane Rok and the team from the Emergency Room paint a picture of accountability and hope.



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Casselman's Bar & Venue

2620 Walnut St., Denver, CO

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6 comments
Noza303
Noza303

Viva La Raza! Won't be long until the DPD is mostly Latino like in L.A. Let's start by getting a Brown Chief. Hispanic population in the U.S. is bigger then it's ever been.. Fear Us!

Certified Yeyo
Certified Yeyo

I got mad respect for this man! Definitely an issue that's close to my heart and being through so much conflict with the police at a young age and still getting the profiling now as a successful business man I'm glad he did this. Its probably gonna fall on deaf ears as far as change from the system but the hoods listening and I've had my eyes and ears on ManeRok for a minute. Keep doin it bro. The hood is definitely behind you

EnemyinBlue
EnemyinBlue

Gonna check the video out.  Just released a book called "Enemy in Blue" that addresses these same issues, and the Lobato, Vazquez and DeHerrera cases all catalyzed me to write the book.  Here's the teaser: The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge. The videotaped murder of an illegal immigrant by a racist police officer draws Cruz Marquez, a young lawyer, into an action-packed journey to preserve the evidence. Cruz teams up with a childhood friend to pursue the video, but finds that many other ruthless people are doing the same. His success depends on surviving the Chief of Police's sinister plotting, assassination attempts by a deranged hit man, and the raw force of Sergeant Shaver—his enemy in blue.

It's available on Amazon.

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maybe the bad cop is just a worthless piece of shit who descended from nazis . 

native
native

this article is blowing up Facebook. Nice work Ru and Mane Rok. 

VL
VL

Nice, thanks Ru!  Almost finished with the cut of the vid - looking mega slick right now!  Can't wait to show this vid off.

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