Cody Chesnutt — "I've Been Life" [Official Video]

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Neo-soul man Cody Chesnutt invokes the African diaspora all up and through the new visuals for his single "I've Been Life" off his 2012 album Landing on a Hundred. Drafting the Brooklyn Jumbies to reflect some Afro-Caribbean traditions in the streets of Bed-Stuy, Chesnutt shouts out several countries of the mother-continent at the beginning of the video and creates a celebratory feel as he vocalizes over the vintage soul track. The footage premiered today on Rolling Stone —here's a bit Chesnutt shared about the song, video, and what he sets out to do as an artist:

There's a fresh, creative energy and rising consciousness on the African continent and throughout the diaspora. "I've Been Life" is one of the many ways in which I hope to make a healthy contribution to this promising movement.

To catch Chesnutt in living color, check out his upcoming US tour dates below and until then, let the video hold you over:

Cody Chesnutt US Tour Dates:

Sept. 5 Neptune Theatre — Seattle, WA

Sept. 6 Music Fest NW — Portland, OR

Sept. 7 The Independent — San Francisco, CA

Sept. 10 The State Room — Salt Lake City, UT

Sept. 11 Belly Up — Aspen, CO

Sept. 12 Hi-Dive — Denver, CO

Sept. 14 Sister The Bar — Albuquerque, NM

Sept. 26 Midpoint Music Festival — Cincinnati, OH

Sept. 27 Blueberry Hall — St. Louis, MO

Sept. 29 Lincoln Hall — Chicago, IL

Oct. 3 Grey Eagle — Asheville, NC

Oct. 4 The Loft — Atlanta, GA

Oct. 5 Mercy — Nashville, TN

Oct. 11 WorkPlay Theatre — Birmingham, AL

Oct. 12 Vinyl Music Hall — Pensacola, FL