DJ Squeak E. Clean and KRS-One have teamed up for a ballsy video to show the world that ‘jihad’ can mean love. Look out, Pam Geller!
Famed music producer and DJ Sam Spiegel might just be facing his greatest challenge ever. Sure, he has been able to coax such big names as Kanye West, David Byrne, Chuck D, and Tom Waits, to name just a few, into taking part in his projects. He has also collaborated with a litany of musical acts from Maroon 5 to Iggy Pop and worked with his brother, director Spike Jonze, on short films and commercials.But now Spiegel is attempting his greatest feat ever: trying to define Islam and Muslims in an accurate light. How does he plan to do that? Well, by way of the song “Jihad Love Squad,” released last week by his band N.A.S.A., which features the rapper KRS-One.
In class we talked about the changing meaning of words throughout time. Meaning changes and it’s influenced by our historical context. Today in the West the word ‘JIhad”has a negative connotation, can this be changed though the power of art? What do you think about the music video?