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Mos Def wrote a song called Katrina Klap which critcizes the Bush administration in their response to the hurrican Katrina relief. He began to peform the song in front of the Radio City Music Hall in New York City during the MTV Video Music Awards but was arrested by the NYPD for absolutely no reason.

Here is the Video:

Here is the news article about it:

Mos Def Arrested

Mos Def was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last night (August 31) after he held an unauthorised show outside New York City’s Radio City Hall, the venue for MTV’s Video Music Awards.

According to the NYPD, Mos Def, real name Dante Smith, pulled up outside the venue at around 10 p.m. in a flatbed truck and performed an impromptu show through a sound system and attracted a sizeable crowd.

Smith performed his political “Katrina Clap,” a song attacking US President George W. Bush’s slow response to last year’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. The police then forced the rapper to stop performing and they began making arrests.

The first officers on the scene allowed Mos to continue performing because he possessed a public performance permit.

Def’s publicist Carlene Donovan told MTV that her client had been handled harshly and said she plans to release a video of the incident onto the internet.

“Mos Def was unjustly arrested tonight while performing on a flatbed truck in New York City outside the Video Music Awards,” Donovan told MTV. “Mos Def was not out to break any laws. His only goal was to heighten the awareness of a serious situation that still exists in our country. He does not want people to forget that although it’s one year later, the people and cities hit by the hurricane still need the help of the American people.”

Mos Def was released from police custody in the early hours of this morning.

Source: Mos Def Arrested


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  • 25 Responses for "Mos Def speaks out against Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina and gets arrested"

    1. Munzareen September 10th, 2006 at 11:37 am

      Wait so it was an unauthorized show but he has a public performance permit? So does that mean he’s still allowed to perform. I mean, the video kinda shows that he’s just taken off stage in the middle for no apparent reason.. and then i’m just confused..

      i mean, one thing if you’re arresting him for performing illegally.. it’s another if you’re arresting him for any other reason.. and if it’s for the latter, wow freedom of speech has left the building.

    2. Munzareen September 10th, 2006 at 11:40 am

      Sorry– just checked some other news sources.. they said it was because of the impromptu show but the order to shut down wasn’t communicated effectively to him.. and then they arrested him even though he would have shut down if he had been told..

    3. Mujahideen Ryder September 10th, 2006 at 12:51 pm

      The first officers on the scene allowed Mos to continue performing because he possessed a public performance permit.

      He did have a permit to peform there.

    4. Duniya September 10th, 2006 at 2:47 pm

      IS MOS DEF MUSLIM OR NO? I NEVER GOT IT.

    5. sham September 10th, 2006 at 3:54 pm

      Duniya on September 10, 2006 at 2:47 pm said:

      IS MOS DEF MUSLIM OR NO? I NEVER GOT IT.

      me neither…its never clear with rappers is it??!

    6. amu September 10th, 2006 at 7:35 pm

      i think he is, i remember one time when siraj wahaj gave a khutbah he reffered to mos def and told us that he actually hooked mos def up with the sister that mos def is currently married to.

    7. Mujahideen Ryder September 10th, 2006 at 8:36 pm

      Yeah Mos Def is a Sunni Muslim.

    8. Saimah September 10th, 2006 at 10:13 pm

      Wow im surpirsed this wasn’t in the news or all over the net like everything else…you dont hear about this but you hear about Paris Hilton getting a DUI or Linsey Lohan losing her bag..boo hoo cry me a river…

    9. Fatal Skillz September 11th, 2006 at 3:59 pm

      he is muslim and so is KRS 1, a lot of people in the rap game are muslim but dat don mean they good muslims, he still uses a beat and shit so not taht good of a muslim, if he did like a next beat like without those instruments maybe but i might be wrong about that

    10. Duniya September 11th, 2006 at 8:06 pm

      AHHHHHHH I KNEW IT! LOL. WHAT ABOUT NAS? I’VE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT HIM FOR A WHILE NOW. ANYONE KNOW?

    11. Luqman September 11th, 2006 at 9:35 pm

      Duniya on September 11, 2006 at 8:06 pm said:

      AHHHHHHH I KNEW IT! LOL. WHAT ABOUT NAS? I’VE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT HIM FOR A WHILE NOW. ANYONE KNOW?

      Apparently he knows there’s a higher power but he has no religion.
      http://forums.sohh.com/showthread.php?t=533717

    12. Nadia September 12th, 2006 at 9:54 am

      Mujahideen Ryder on September 10, 2006 at 8:36 pm said:

      Yeah Mos Def is a Sunni Muslim.

      Why did you clarify that he is a sunni muslim ? What importance ? I don’t see connection, you would have simply been able to say that Mos def is muslim.
      Do you believe that all those who connect on your blog are sunni? Don’t you believe that some people can be shiite? What importance to know who is Sunni and who is not ? After all we are all muslims. Don’t you believe ?

    13. Mujahideen Ryder September 12th, 2006 at 10:10 am

      Nadia on September 12, 2006 at 9:54 am said:

      Why did you clarify that he is a sunni muslim ? What importance ? I don’t see connection, you would have simply been able to say that Mos def is muslim.
      Do you believe that all those who connect on your blog are sunni? Don’t you believe that some people can be shiite? What importance to know who is Sunni and who is not ? After all we are all muslims. Don’t you believe ?

      I just said that in case ppl wondered whether he was sunni or shia. That’s all.

    14. Fatal Skillz September 14th, 2006 at 7:44 pm

      Dont get me started on Nas! well i already did! and im starting on Jay z to! First of all Jay-Z is Muslim but he might not be cause he has this wife that the total opposite of a islamic women, Nas is the smae thing except his wife is muslim! He called him self the Son of God, his name used to be Nasir Jones, he is like a stupid man, when he said is it the All mighty Dolla or all might Allah he chosed the Dolla, I swear what kind of Muslim is he, i dont even think he is, and he him self knows that if Jesus wasnt his son then how can he be his son, nobody cna be Allahs son, nobody can be a part of Allah, the most is one of his names

    15. Arifa September 14th, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      We all know that..that’s why muslim rappers who perform on MTV are considered not practicing…

    16. Fatal Skillz September 15th, 2006 at 3:57 pm

      Probably the best muslim in the game is Lupe Fiasco, but still hes making videos with sum chicks in it, not a single chick shud be there even with a girl wearinga hijab, if you here a girls voice its a sin

    17. jet September 15th, 2006 at 7:28 pm

      Luqman on September 11, 2006 at 9:35 pm said:

      Apparently he knows there’s a higher power but he has no religion.
      http://forums.sohh.com/showthread.php?t=533717

      the interview is with nas, dont confuse people like that.

      mos def is a muslim. and he performed illegaly there so he got arrested.

    18. Muslimah September 18th, 2006 at 10:19 am

      Wow all these muslim rappers need to unite ..become practicing, imagine all the people who love these rappers knowin they’re muslim?.. wow that would be great dawah

    19. mujihad AFRICA September 23rd, 2006 at 1:47 pm

      for once i like to get my hands on NYPD

      MOS DEF IS DAVE FRIEND

      I JUST WANT GO TO NY AND DO THE SAME THING EXCEPT BUT A LOUD SPEAKER IN FRONT OF THE POLICE STATION . AND WHEN I SAID LOUD I MEAN

      FIVE TRUCKS WITH LOUD SPEAKERS

    20. Fatal Skillz October 4th, 2006 at 5:36 pm

      Brapp Brapp, and yo it wudnt be a Dawah if all the Muslims come togheter, i ahd the same idea, i was going to do it to, but naw there all ready fucked up, Nas aint even muslim no more, Casue straight up he didnt pick the All mighty Allah, he picked the All Mighty Dolla,The Dolla has been set upon Cristians and he wants it, so he got it but now he gonna burn, unless he turns muslim again, but who knows wat Allahs thinking, who knows his path…

    21. Doa October 13th, 2006 at 11:55 pm

      Umm, please don’t just start calling everyone muslim just because you think they are.
      Nas has a cross tattoo on his arm, and he once said that he has a lot of respect for muslims and knows a lot about islam (hence: some of his rap lyrics, etc.) but is not himself. So if anyone thinks he IS muslim, please provide a source? ACTUAL proof? Same for Jay-Z being Muslim..source?
      But yeah, i like lupe fiasco as well..he doesn’t curse that often, but i do feel that he too is starting to rap just for fame/money, and is changing his ways and making them less and less islamic. Salaam!

    22. Doa October 14th, 2006 at 12:02 am

      Also–please don’t label people as “bad muslims” based on a few sins you know they commit. Only Allah swt sees their hearts, and He swt, knows, and we know not, who is really better between us and them.

    23. Lulu April 21st, 2007 at 12:39 pm

      could some1 plz name some of the well known MUSLIM rappers?

    24. tash p May 28th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

      half of them who say Allah refer to themselves…astaghfirulah. there part of this group called the 5 percenters, which celebrates shirk like no tommorow….

    25. Tarik April 18th, 2008 at 7:13 am

      Arifa on September 14, 2006 at 9:50 pm said:

      We all know that..that’s why muslim rappers who perform on MTV are considered not practicing…

      Nas is not muslim he is 5 %er a member of the so called nation of gods and earths.
      His father is muslim .
      There are many in the bizz that call themselfes muslims but most of them are members of the split group of the so called nation of islam. The Nation of Islam is a pseude muslim org. which believes that the black man is god and the white man is devil

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