Message in the Music
By Mosque #46 Staff
New Orleans, La. – Muhammad Mosque #46 partners with members of the local Hip-Hop community to host an event focusing on the power of the Hip-Hop artists on the youth of today.
“During Saviours’ Day, while watching the documentary about the Honorable Louis Farrakhan’s life, I was thinking about what I can do when I returned to my city to further the work. When the footage showing the Minister interacting with the Hip-Hop artists showed, it triggered something in my mind. The idea was very clear,” stated Student Minister, Brother Willie Muhammad of Muhammad Mosque #46. “Once home I reached out to one of the stalwarts of the local Hip-Hop community here in New Orleans, Wild Wayne. Brother was immediately receptive.”
Wild Wayne and Sess 4-5 (New Orleans Hip-Hop artist) host two monthly Industry Influence, one in New Orleans and another in Mississippi… The Industry Influence provides a platform for upcoming and established artists to showcase their talent and provide artists with opportunities to learn the business side of the industry via panel discussions and guests speakers. Together, Wayne and Sess have held a total of 77. In addition to hosting the Industry Influences, Wayne also is a radio personality on the most popular radio station in New Orleans. On Sunday, Wild Wayne has a show that is dedicated to playing the music of local artists. A portion of that Sunday night show is geared to playing music that contains political and social commentary. The segment of the show is called A Message in the Music. It was under that theme that the gathering which took place on April 7th was held. “I thought the ” Music In The Message” session was a great start. Many positive seeds were laid but they must be continuously watered. I really appreciated the spoken words by Bro Peteh, the music selection by Governor Reiss and words of Min. Willie Muhammad” stated Wild Wayne.
So when I heard the Honorable Louis Farrakhan say that one effective rap song is worth more than a thousand of his lectures. That statement seriously caught my attention.
The gathering began with a powerful performance from Governor Reiss, an up and coming New Orleans artist, who performed his hit, “Gun Violence”. After his touching performance, popular hometown poet Brother Peteh Haroon Muhammad performed his soul-stirring poem, “Born & Raised on New Orleans Water.”
After their performances, Student Minister, Brother Willie Muhammad came up to give his thought-provoking talk about how Hip-Hop artists are the leaders of this current generation of young people. “There are brothers in our mosque who have done what many rappers are rapping about. I have heard these brothers talk about how hearing the words of the Honorable Louis Farrakhan moved them to flush a kilo of cocaine down the toilet, put down the gun and leave criminal lifestyles. So when I heard the Honorable Louis Farrakhan say that one effective rap song is worth more than a thousand of his lectures. That statement seriously caught my attention. For a man whom God is using to transform the lives of many to say that about your music. What does that say about your power?,” asked the young Student Minister. Brother Muhammad went on to share with those in attendance what the Honorable Louis Farrakhan says about their power and influence. One of those in attendance was Hip-Hop artists and producer Chase N. Cashe. Brother Cashe who is a New Orleans native, produced a track on Drake’s Grammy award-winning sophomore album Take Care. “It was a beautiful and revealing sight to see Hip Hop brothers and sisters standing and enjoying the positive exchange alongside men and woman dress in suits and garments. I enjoyed the message that was delivered as well,” stated Cashe, who became aware of the meeting Via Tweeter.
After Brother Muhammad’s talk attendees were given the opportunity to speak. Chase spoke about the need to not blame rappers. Local artists Busy B spoke about the power of rap and Mike Ellis Speaks, who owns a record label drove from Mississippi spoke about how he was inspired by the Honorable Louis Farrakhan from his years as a 19 years old teenager.
Members of the MGT & FOI of Muhammad Mosque #46 were present. The FOI distributed in addition to the Final Call, folders which contained a lecture by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan to Hip-Hop artists along with articles talking about the exploitation of Hip-Hop music.
“The goal of the gathering was to inform the artists about their power and the position of leadership their power has placed them in. From the responses I received immediately after and even up to now has me to believe that the efforts of Wayne, Sess and myself were successful,” stated Brother Willie Muhammad.
This was a great effort and I believe we achieved the purpose of the night. After the first five minutes, I was able to see the great potential of the sessions. We must continue to unite so we can feed the people,” stated Sess 4-5, who is a local Hip-Hop artists, activist and the owner of the only Black-owned record store in New Orleans.
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