Talib Kweli and '10 Frisk Commandments' rapper to appear at stop-and-frisk rally
The biggest name at tomorrow's anti stop-and-frisk rally tomorrow will be Talib Kweli, the Brooklyn-based rapper whose music is as socially conscious as it is popular.
The rally is being organized by Communities United for Police Reform, the NAACP, 32BJ, RWDSU and labor groups, and will take place in City Hall Park at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.
But the real star of the event may be another rapper who who has released a number of songs directly the addressing stop-and-frisk policy and the issue of police brutality.
Organizers confirmed Pittsburgh-based rapper Jasiri X will perform at the event. His song "10 Frisk Commandments" is a reworking of the classic Notorious B.I.G. anthem that enumerated practical advice to drug dealers seeking safety while pursing profits.
Jasiri's song, by contrast, is aimed at law-abiding citizens seeking safety from the police, and is an indictment of the stop-and-frisk policy. Advocates like the New York Civil Liberties Union have complained that a record-number of city residents--mostly black and Latino men--are being stopped, while the number of shooting victims and guns recovered has remained steady.
Jasiri's song, like the NYCLU, advises people to stop when approached by the police, and, if possible, film the encounter. He's addressed similar topics in other songs.
The video for the song "Do We Need to Start a Riot" was filmed at the NAACP's Silent March down Fifth Avenue to "end" stop-and-frisk back in June. While wearing a "STND Our GRND" shirt, he says, "They keep trying to kill us, but they never get indicted," and "if we don't get justice,
dude do we need to start a riot."
In March, he borrowed the "No Church in the Wild" beat from Kanye West and Jay-Z for his song, "Trayvon" where he recounts the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager. "They always get away but this it will not happen," he says. The video includes amateur video of what appears to be brutal clashes between police and civilians.
And there's full-throated denunciation of both President Bush's tenure, in "Bomb the Thrown," Using the "Otis" beat from Kanye West and Jay-Z, Jasiri says at one point, "Iran contra, no need for bail. I pardoned everybody, no one going to jail."