By Laura Ferreiro
The video for Chris Brown's new single, "Don't Think They Know," features an unlikely star – a hologram of late singer Aaliyah. The highly stylized clip shows Brown as a member in two different gangs –presumably the Bloods and the Crips – and dancing flanked by Aaliyah holograms.
Throughout the video for the mid-tempo jam, Brown rides around the streets of Los Angeles with his fellow "gang members," and at the end of the video he appears to bring both sides together and sings surrounded by school children.
The heavy-handed clip begins with the words: "Every two hours in America today a child dies of a gunshot wound." It then continues with a quote from Brown himself: "Unity is what we are afraid of so fear is insanity, lets love each other." The quote is attributed to "Not CB, just Christopher."
While it's noble to promote an end to gang and gun violence, the video actually seems to glamorize gang life more than it condemns it. It also goes so far as to feature Brown adorned with holographic angel wings. Curiously it also features an actor who looks a lot like Drake. It's hard to know whether this was a coincidence or if Brown was taking a shot at his famous rival who's producing a posthumous Aaliyah album.
"Don't Think They Know" is the latest single from Brown's forthcoming album, X, which is due out July 16.