Rapper Lil Nas X on Friday dropped a prison-themed music video for his new song "Industry Baby," with the video also serving as a fundraiser to help pay bail for those in need.
The video, which explores the criminal justice system and tropes about incarceration, includes a fundraiser link on YouTube for The Bail Project, a nonprofit that describes itself as "a critical tool to prevent incarceration and combat racial and economic disparities in the bail system."
As of Friday afternoon, the fundraiser was already raking in donations, surpassing $20,000 by 1 p.m.
"Music is the way I fight for liberation. It's my act of resistance," Lil Nas X said on The Bail Project's website. "This isn't just theoretical for me. It's personal. I know the pain that incarceration brings to a family. And I know the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on Black Americans."
nigga i literally went to hell and twerked on satan but gay prison is where you draw the line ?! https://t.co/3NLR6GPt0o— nope (@LilNasX) July 23, 2021
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