Budding Chicago singer theMIND is set to embark on his own solo effort after linking with the likes of Mick Jenkins, Kirk Knight and more. At the end of January, he released his first single, “Mercury Rising,” off his upcoming project Summer Camp project, and today, we get the video for thanks to The FADER.
The video, which was directed by Kid Super and shot in stop-motion format, brings to life the sense of optimism ridden throughout “Mercury Rising.” Though the characters in the song haven’t grown up in the best neighborhoods (“Whoever said the sky was the limit wasn’t living where I was living”), they continue to dream, coasting on their vehicles of brightness and hope to stardom.
theMIND spoke to The FADER about the song and video:
“Through this music, I am changing my fate. I made [‘Mercury Rising’] to inspire people to not only reach for the stars, but to fly among those stars. … The little girl in the video represents all of my sisters and the little boy represents me. We came from the impossible. Regardless of how high the odds are stacked against us in life, we can build makeshift spaceships to escape our circumstances. … In these moments its our human relationships that will save us. When things come crashing down we have to remember: we are magic, and together, we can fly.”
After listening to this song a few more times, theMIND kind of has a bit of a Frank Ocean feel, doesn’t he? Watch the video above.