With about the same approach Zack De La Rocha takes when he utilizes the mic to denounce the truth behind our corrupted system – Rio Tazewell is teaming up with VENTS Magazine for the premiere of his powerful and important new music video. The clip, a rap song titled #realtalk, explores the relationship between money in politics, corporate lobbyists and the need for a political revolution. Filmed on Capitol Hill, the video features scenes from a large rally and protest in DC, known as the “Democracy Awakening”, with thousands of people taking to the streets demanding reforms to money in politics. Rio was one of the core organizers of the Democracy Awakening, and was central in coordinating the more than 300 organizations that participated in the event.
In his video Tazewell wisely lets the imagery of Democracy Awakening underscore his arguments — as he raps about the power of collective action to shape America’s destiny, he shows citizens of all kinds, united in their desire to take back power from wealthy special interests. But the stealth star of this video is Washington, DC itself. The Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Reflecting Pool, the Washington and Jefferson Monuments, inside the Hart Senate Office Building, Union station and even the DC Metro are shown in their glory — all of them reminders in white marble of our collective legacy, and the ideals we’re fighting to preserve.