Yasiin Bey Addresses Paris Attacks & Releases Anti-Violence Song ‘NO Colonial Fiction’
Following the Paris attacks that occurred last Friday (Nov. 13), Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) has spoken out against the terrorists who claimed responsibility for the carnage in the City of Love. The "Umi Says" rapper also released his anti-violence song, “NO Colonial Fiction,” in which he delivers a lyrical sermon urging for peace and racial harmony.
Over celestial keyboards and a drum machine beat, Bey implores everyone to stay focused and stop the hatred. The South Africa-transplant also sends his condolences to the family of Tamir Rice.
“Get out the arcade, we ain’t joking / Young blood is flowing
Get your focus, guns is smoking / Jails is open / But your schools is closed, f--- type of rules is those?" he raps.
The track is also accompanied by an interview Bey conducted by journalist Ferrari Sheppard. During the discussion, the 41-year-old devout Muslim blasted the Islam extremist group ISIS after they claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.
“A big giant 'f--- off' to ISIS,” he said. “You don’t represent nothing about Islam or nothing about the prophet.”
"And another giant 'f--- off' to everybody trying to say, ‘see, this is Islam’s fault,'" he added.
“Love must and will prevail,” Bey continued. “I don’t care how corny it sounds. The world has been in a state of emergency. The problem is not Islam [or] organized religion. The problem is people’s lack of compassion and care for themselves and their fellow human beings. We don’t treat each other well. We need to treat each other better.”
We couldn't agree more. Listen to Yasiin Bey's full interview with Sheppard below.