Boston hip-hop artist Daniel Laurent takes on gun violence
Inspired in part by the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle, Mattapan’s Daniel Laurent is releasing a video Wednesday for “Outside,” a new track that touches on issues like gun violence and mental health.
The project pays tribute to gun victims that Laurent knew personally or knew of. Hussle’s murder in March left him heartbroken, he said, and played a role in the creation of the work. The video, which he’ll unveil at a private screening Wednesday in Quincy, was shot in Providence and Mattapan.
“From the sadness, I started finding little gems and little nuggets of hope and being inspired by the things [Nipsey Hussle] was actually doing,” said Laurent, 37, who emerged on the Boston hip-hop scene in 2005 with his single “MASSterpiece (The Anthem).” “[He] definitely set up things for his family. And so with me feeling that, having my son in the video, putting the song out, publishing it . . . this is all legacy building in my opinion.”
Working with his 11-year-old son, Laurent said, was a cool experience, one he’s glad to have memorialized permanently.
“Well after I’m gone, my son will have this moment and this memory,” Laurent said. “I wanted to kind of cement something because it’s not often when you have something like that. You might have a video at an amusement park or a graduation or something, but not many people are like, ‘Oh, I was in my dad’s video.’ ”