BigMo – Ay Shay

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BigMo – Ay Shay (Official Video) (Warning: this is satire) from GREEN LUCK MEDiA GROUP on Vimeo.

BigMo released a new music video titled Ay Shay. It’s satire and this is the letter he had attached to it:

First and foremost, this is a piece of art that expresses my opinion and the intent of the single “Ay Shay,” off of my EP “Fight For Peace,” produced by Samarei.

It has come to my attention that this satirical piece has left a few of its viewers feeling unsettled. It is important to understand that I do not insight violence in any form; through my music, or in my personal life. The purpose of “Ay Shay” is to bring attention to how wack the media, music industry, and extremism is; by using the Kuwaiti slang term that translates to whatever, wack, or anything, and can be read on the banner in Arabic.

The purpose of my art is to highlight the societal similarities between the two cultures I represent, from the perspective of an individual who has lived with and relates to both sides.

The accusations we projectile towards one-another with little knowledge is a trait I have discovered in both, the American and Middle Eastern societies.

Our obsession with materialism, abuse of media and power are too, similarities both sides share.

Our inability to accept criticism as a people, and lack of self-criticism has left many of us in a state of denial about our own flaws and shortcomings; for the sake of not succumbing to agreeing with those we consider enemies.

This is a problem we face as a people, independant of the cultures that separate us. This is not accusatory. I’m not placing blame on any group. This is something we all must individually work on for a better future together.

[Disclaimer: this video was shot in the U.S., I would not have access to these firearms in the Middle East.]

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  1. Oren says:

    The comment I’m about to make is not at all directed towards Big Mo whom I met at a Zulu Nation event in Portland very briefly a couple years ago & I thought was a stand-up guy. This comment is directed towards Kuwaiti youth in general. I honest to G-d have never understood why many Kuwaitis identify with hip-hop culture. That culture was borne out of disenfranchisement; African Americans were and still very much are a disenfranchised, dispossessed people who are living on the fringes of American society. Hip-hop is an outlet for them to address all the social ills they face or how they’ve changed their social status because of the success they found in hip-hop.Discrimination, extreme poverty, lack of healthcare provision, these are just some of the burgeoning issues African Americans face….Kuwaiti society on the other hand is very much the antithesis of that. Kuwaitis enjoy many luxuries that others don’t, they’re also entitled to many, many rights that others don’t have, so whenever I see a Kuwaiti hip-hop artist, I can’t help but roll my eyes. They might have an awesome flow but they have nothing substantial to say. It’s all fluff. French hip-hop on the other hand did come out of the same place that American hip-hop came out of. MCs like Oxmo Puccino & IAM lived in Paris’ banlieues, the ghettos, they faced adversity, extreme discrimination and poverty & the subject matter of their songs is mostly interesting and thought-provoking. I really can’t say the same about Kuwaiti hip-hop unless it’s a Bidoun artist, a person who came from an under-privileged community. I would actually really like to see a Bidoun MC. THAT would be cool. I’d love to hear what they have to say. Kuwaiti MCs throwing wads of cash on the screen, I can do without.


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