In Bogota, Colombia something amazing happened. A Grammy Award-winning rapper and an emcee activist joined forces to create a new Hip-Hop super group.
Che Rhymefest and Jasiri X have formed the group named Kill Switch.
The pair have been traversing through Colombia recording new songs and creating music videos to match with a mission in mind. They seek to raise awareness around UNGASS (Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the World Drug Problem).
Their mission was outlined in a press release. The statement said:
“They’ll be exploring, documenting and reporting on how drug policies that originate in the United States, directly connects to the global war on drugs impacting mass incarceration, narcotics proliferation and individual lives. In late 2015, the “Open Society Foundations” awarded 1Hood Media with support to explore this topic. As such, Rhymefest & Jasiri X will be interviewing the Mayor of Bogota Colombia, speaking with Arts & Culture experts in Cartagena and visiting the childhood home of the late Pablo Escobar in Medellin.”
KiLL Switch plan to drop their first effort, “#WarOnUs,” in the spring of 2016. They state the album will be “comprised of social and politically charged music” and will challenge police violence, Black on Black crime, the American judicial system and even environmental disasters.
Rhymefest recently won a Grammy as a writer on “Glory.” He’s the co-founder of Donda’s House, a philanthropic effort named after Kanye West’s mother. Jasiri X is the founder of 1Hood Media and recently performed at #JusticeForFlint as organized by directors Ryan Coogler and Ava Duvernay.