After taking the lead on Avicii‘s hit single, “Wake Me Up,” Blacc is stepping out on this own in a big way. In the new music video for “The Man,” Aloe Blacc channels his inner-Marvin Gaye in a spirited video that captures the social discourse of the early ’70s. The You Oughta Know Artist sat down with VH1 in an exclusive interview to explain the powerful yet beautifully shot imagery in the video.
“This music video is an amalgamation of historic images that remind me of moments in time where there was struggle and triumph,” Blacc says of the video’s theme.
Those with a sharp eye may notice that the singer is recreating the cover of Gaye’s now-iconic album, What’s Going On.
“The scene that you guys may have seen was me standing on the corner in the same position and wardrobe as Marvin Gaye was in on the cover of What’s Going On,” Blacc says. “But around me is the social calamity that was happening at the time of the album.”
Watch the full video below: