Rising singer and genre-defying star Tyla Yaweh uncovers the personal and emotionally charged music video for “Who Shot Johnny?”
It stands out as the latest release from his acclaimed debut project, Heart Full Of Rage [London Entertainment/ Epic Records/ Black Butter Records].
Directed by Arrad [Tyga, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla $ign], the visual depicts the horrors of gun violence and flaws in the justice system with no holds barred.
Set and shot in his native Orlando, Florida, the video intercuts scenes of a trap house with a mother mourning her gunned-down son on the streets. These images hit especially hard when paired with lines such as “Twelve beating on the door looking for some witnesses. Ain’t nobody tell ’em shit ’cause they know what the business is.”
The song itself is evocative of his ability to fuse hard-hitting subject matter and magnetically massive melodies.
About “Who Shot Johnny?”, Tyla said, “‘Who Shot Johnny?’ represents a major part of my journey and story. It’s also a dope ass song for the hood. ‘Johnny’ represents the n***** in the neighbourhoods across America. I didn’t wanna sugar coat any of these stories…”
In his vision, “Johnny” represents those lost too soon to gun violence in disenfranchised communities, commenting on the stories that go unreported each and every day.
He gives the problem a name and a face and makes a bold statement in the process.
Already, the track has impressively amassed over four million streams across platforms. Meanwhile, the total stream tally on Heart Full of Rage exceeds seventy million-plus streams.
After concluding two arena tours across Europe and Australia alongside Post Malone (in addition to Jaden Smith in Australia) and appearing in high-profile festival lineups from Bonnaroo to Lollapalooza and the iconic Reading and Leeds, Tyla Yaweh once again takes his high-energy live show on the road as support on The Runaway Tour, rounding a bill headlined by Post and including Swae Lee. It kicks off at Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington on September 14, plays stages across North America for two months, and wraps with a two night run at the Forum in Los Angeles on November 20 and 21.
Right now, Tyla Yaweh is putting the finishing touches on a new collection of music, set for release soon. Get ready for him to rise to the top on his own terms in 2019 and beyond.