Yasiin Bey, f/k/a Mos Def has always been vocal on world issues outside of his artistic pursuits in music and film. Following the attacks in Paris, France which have gained global attention, Bey, who is a proud muslim, sat down with Ferrari Sheppard and gave his thoughts on the matter. While discussing the events, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, Bey stated that this is not a reflection of Islam, going as far as to say “f**k off ISIS.”
The interview comes on the heels of his latest release “No Colonial Fiction,” which features 12-year-old Tamir Rice on the cover art, the Cleveland child who was shot to death by police. The actor/rapper further expounded on his point sharing that all violence around the globe is connected to a much bigger problem.
None of this stuff is separated. Everything from Tamir Rice to Paris shootings to what’s happening to the students in the University of Missouri…to what I’ve been experiencing in the negative in South Africa. It’s all connected. It’s all the same thing.
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.
Listen to the entire interview below as well as “No Colonial Fiction.”