Kosha Dillz Feat. MURS, We Are Different: Watch and Learn
Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz hooked up with Strange emcee MURS for a motivational music video and song that has become the New Jersey-bred rapper’s anthem on tour. Curiously enough, the two rappers met up through mutual producer Jesse Shatkin AKA Belief, who produced MURS’ Have a Nice Life and this unique collaboration track. We Are Different is a hybrid music video/documentary. The video presents many different people demonstrating that our differences should be embraced. We are all different, but it’s all ok.
We Are Different, Kosha Dillz Feat. MURS
MURS Interview with The Source
MURS talked with The Source about his involvement in the We Are Different project and his opinions on discrimination in the media and #BlackLivesMatter. It should be no surprise that MURS supports the destruction of discrimination with tracks like No More Control from Have a Nice Life where the popular hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was upheld in the video demonstrating how Black Americans are being unfairly treated by law enforcement in these modern times. It is only expected this sentiment extends to all people no matter their race, size, age, or whatever labels them as different.
The Source: How did you and Kosha team up?
Murs: Kosha is everywhere, as you well know. However, we really connected once we found we had a friend/producer in common. Jesse Shatkin a.k.a. Belief and I have been friends and making music together since high school. When he vouched for Kosha, I decided to take some time out to get to know him and really listen to his music.
Tell me about the inspiration behind the song.
This was Kosha’s concept. I really dug it. I came by Jesse’s house while they were working. Once he played, it I knew I had to be on it.
How did this video come together and what are you hoping viewers get from watching it? It’s very powerful imagery and such an important topic right now.
This was also Kosha’s idea. We had so much fun shooting it. I just hope people come away from it with a smile.
It feels like we’re seeing a growth in racism and discrimination in the media. How is this affecting you and what you want to do with your work?
I’ve always tried to work with whoever I thought was dope. Whether putting together a line up for Paid Dues or looking for features for an album. The discrimination and racism dominating the media currently lets me know. Outside of my little bubble, there is still a lot of work to be done by us as a world community. Those of us who want to make a positive change must continue to push as hard as ever in the name of peace, love and unity.
What are your thoughts on the #BlackLivesMatter movement? Do you think we as a culture are anywhere near the point where we propel things to change?
I think the possibility of change is always within reach of any forward thinking society. Unfortunately, what I see from the current movement is a lot of archaic tactics and backwards thinking. We must be inspired by our predecessors, but we cannot continue to imitate them. The SCLC was the SCLC. The Panthers were the Panthers. We need to learn from their successes and failures, and move forward. Marching to demand justice from a government that since inception has shown it doesn’t care about Black people is useless. I believe the problem with America in general is our culture of violence. I feel we need to start there. We as a Black community need to focus our energy inward. Let’s march to remove law enforcement from our communities. Period. Or instead of ‘f*ck the police,’ let’s encourage more of our youth to become officers. But wearing shirts with slogans and walking with signs, that alone ain’t gonna do it. There is a place for civil protest. There just needs to be more to it. And as for #BlackLivesMatter, I’m on board no matter the color of the killer. Last time I checked, Black men were killing more Black men than the police. I will not stand for anyone of any color unjustly taking the life of another human. Period.
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