As information has become more readily available to everyone worldwide, awareness and bright lights being shown on issues all over the world has become commonplace. One of the issues is the problems surrounding immigration and separation of families. Carnage spreads awareness to this issue with his new single and music video named ‘Letting People Go‘ featuring Prinze George.
Carnage, born as Diamanté Anthony Blackmon, is the immigrant son of parents born in Guatemala. Although he was born in the United States, specifically Washington D.C., he shares in the struggles his family went through attempting to enter the United States in hopes of giving their family a better life. The music video opens with a statistic: “In 2018, 521,090 people were apprehended trying to enter the United States at the Mexican border.” This latest single is a successful voyage by Carnage to put a personal note to his music.
The video shows a family of four, traveling from Nicaragua to Guatemala, through Mexico, and to the United States border. They travel in vans, walk miles through the desert and eventually also take flight from Border Patrol officers and are eventually caught. The viewer can see the pain in the families eyes when they are separated from each other. Carnage believes that he should use the platform he has to spread awareness.
Carnage is a mainstream name in both the dance world and pop music world, playing festivals all over the world like Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland and EDC Las Vegas. As well as collaborating with artists like Migos, Young Thug, Timmy Trumpet, A$AP Ferg and two of his close friends: Mac Miller and Avicii. Carnage references the loss of Mac Miller and Avicii in an interview with Billboard, as the main reason for him taking a hiatus from the traveling and partying, to regroup and reevaluate his career goals.
Carnage is another artist in the music industry using his platform to spread awareness. He is donating a portion of the revenue generated from streams/views of the music video to Raices Foundation, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost legal aid to immigrant children, families, and refugees. Anyone who has ever been to a Carnage show has more than likely heard him give a shoutout to his “Abuelita” who he often references being an inspiration to him. He ends the video by stating: “This is my story. But I wanna share with all of you as inspiration that as immigrants we can do anything.”
“Letting People Go” feat. Prinze George can be streamed/purchased on all music platforms. The music video can also be viewed below.