Mos Def, Bun B (of UGK), David Banner, Common, Talib Kweli, Sway and M1 (of dead prez) are all highly-regarded rappers but, they are now also being recognized for their stepping up on behalf of the Jena 6. Mos Def (as well as Bun B) were actually down in Jena as part of the protests. David Banner, while not being able to be in Jena, used his tour as a platform to discuss the plight of the Jena 6. Most recently, Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli and M-1 organized a school walkout in protest of the Jena 6’s prosecution.
Our acclaimed raptivist Mos Def recently spoke about his dissatisfaction by the non-involvement within the hip-hop / rapper community concerning the Jena 6 demonstration. “Shame on everybody who’s not here. I’m f*cking mad. I’m disappointed to always be coming to these things and it’s only one or two people [from the music industry here]. If you ain’t gonna use your voice, then be quiet. I’m disappointed and ashamed.”
As I said, the rally did have Bun B, from hip-hop duo UGK, in attendance, who drove all the way from TX to attend the demonstration. “I’ve been privy to these small incidents of violence in these all-White towns. We were blessed to find out about the Jena Six and we’re blessed to try to make some type of impact in this community before things went too far.” , Bun B said.