Watch Mick Jenkins’s deep video for his “Drowning” single f/ BADBADNOTGOOD.

Mick Jenkins has always been proud to be different. That was apparent in the execution of the Chicago emcee’s first two musical offerings in the water[s] and wave[s] mixtapes; and The Healing Component, Jenkins’ upcoming debut album, intends to keep that alive. Lead single “Spread Love” spoke to love’s “healing” power; but forgiveness is another form of healing.

Jenkins reveals as much in “Drowning,” The Healing Component’s second single, featuring BADBADNOTGOOD (who also produced the track). Rather than just dropping off the audio for the track, however, Jenkins premiered it with a set of visuals to match. And they may make for the most jarring music video in quite some time.

In the “Drowning” music video, Mick Jenkins plays a runaway slave, rushing through a forest in rags before slave catchers finally nab him. Mick “escapes” by falling into the water; he drowns but eventually comes back up to find a raft, and takes fate back into his own hands.

“Drowning” in itself is a song about trying to stay afloat amidst negativity and feeling overwhelmed. Director Nathan R. Smith has “Drowning’s” video go further by dipping into social commentary. It’s fitting that as Jenkins’ sings “I can’t breathe” – the refrain on “Drowning’s” hook – his character is pressed down into the ground by the slave catchers, an eerie parallel to Eric Garner. It’s fitting that Mick sees many Black bodies in the water, analogous to the bodies tossed overboard during the Atlantic Slave Trade. And its fitting that “Drowning’s” ending aims to heal wounds, rather than create new ones.

Watch the poignant video for Mick Jenkins and BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Drowning” single for yourself up top. Jenkins’ The Healing Component album, on which “Drowning” appears, touches down September 23.