The song features an appearance from Rick Ross and veteran singer Yummy Bingham, who both appear in the video.
Talib Kweli’s latest video tells the story of a father and son who live two very different lives. The father works a typical 9-5 job while the son is in the streets. Intercut between this storyline is the standard performance shots of Kweli, Ross, and Yummy.
It’s a powerful video for a powerful song. Kweli released a statement about the track explaining that it was dedicated to an old friend named Headqcourterz:
“When I was on Rawkus, there was a guy working there named Headqcourterz, a good friend of DJ Premier, whose spirit was so beautiful that he would brighten any room he would enter.
He lost his life years ago, but there was one thing he used to say each and every time he said goodbye – ‘Heads Up, Eyes Open.’ This phrase has stuck with me and become a guide thru my career and life. Produced by J. Rhodes, ‘Heads Up, Eyes Open’ is a song dedicated to the memory of Headqcourterz. It is a song about how faith informs the way an artist moves and creates. It was a pleasure to be joined by Rick Ross and Yummy Bingham, two of my favorite artists.”
“Heads up, Eyes Open” is the first single from his latest LP, Radio Silence. That album is due on November 17th.
Watch the “Heads up, Eyes Open” video below.