I had the good fortune of premiering a new track from my next record on MSNBC recently. This clip was part of a larger video narrative on how Hip-Hop music has been influenced by & in turn is influencing the youth movements / revolutions taking place all across the Middle East & North Africa. My interview was originally recorded on the first day of Ramadan (August 1st) - but wasn't published until last week along with the following blog post:
Many thanks to Karl Bostic over at NBC for putting it all together & visiting cities like Benghazi, Cairo, Tunis & Jerusalem to get a first-hand look at what is taking place in the region. He initially contacted me when he first began to develop the story (late March) & said that he would take time to research the topic & establish genuine relationships with the artists before completing it. I have seen one too many 'parachute journalists' not take this approach & so I appreciate the way he did it that much more.