These days, rap artists are often blamed for having a negative impact on society, from glorifying reckless materialism ...
These days, rap artists are often blamed for having a negative impact on society, from glorifying reckless materialism to violence, but there are a number of lyricists consistently working to bring about awareness and positive change.
One of those change agents is Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def. Of course, this isn’t the actor and rapper’s first attempt to leverage his pop culture platform. When Kanye West and Jay’Z's ” [N-words] in Paris” was climbing the charts, he flipped the “Watch the Throne” hit into a socially conscious message “[N-words] in Poorest.”
But what he took on this week may put even his staunchest supporters in awe. He volunteered to undergo force feeding as reportedly handled at Guantanamo Bay in order to protest a procedure set to be carried out on hunger strikers during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. The footage you will see next, or may have already seen, is graphic and disturbing, but necessary if you want to witness how far Yasiin was willing to go to make his political point.