Mos Def’s Run in With the Law

In Disaster Relief, Economic Justice, Hurricane Katrina, Race, US Politics on September 6, 2006 at 11:53 pm

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I’m a little late on this one (even though i did see it on the news after it happened) but Mos Def got arrested outside of the VMAs last week for putting on an unauthorized public performance.  Apparently he had requested to perform at the award show, got denied, and decided to set up his own stage outside.  The song he performed was called “Katrina Clap” and has to do with Hurricane katrina and the racism, economics, and politics surrounding it.

Here’s a video of the performace and the arrest.   Here’s an actual music video for the song.  Both are a must see.

I think Mos Def deserves an award for “person of the week” or something like that.

Here are some of the lyrics as shown on mosdef.funky4u.com

Listen homie, It’s dollar day in New Orleans,
It’s where there water everywhere and people dead in the street (eet eets),
And Mr. President he ‘bout that cash,
He got a policy for handlin’ the bruthas and trash,
And if you poor you black,
I laugh a laugh, they won’t give when you ask,
You betta off on crack, dead or in jail, or with a gun in Iraq (a aq),
And it’s as simple as that,
No opinion my man it’s mathematical fact,
Listen, a million poor since 2004,
And they got illions and killions to waste on the War,
And make you question what the taxes is for,
Or the cost to reinforce the broke levee wall,
Tell the boss he shouldn’t be the boss anymore

  1. is http://www.presstheissue.org, the site noted at the end of Mos’ video, flooded with fans or with haters? why doesnt it work?

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