"this is malki means king. im not jewish. lol. "
"also the .mp3 of the malki song is on itunes. i just got a check from itunes most of the sales are from the malki song!!! im bout to drop an album soon i need some promo on that. Please stop saying this jewish hebrew shit. im not jewish at all, my mom is italian my dad is lebanese. its my dads last name that side is from the middle east seriously. confusion like this is the reason i made the malki song... malki means king"
The Lebanese connection explains the Semitic sound to his name. Malki, let's not forget that Jews, too, are from the Middle East. At least originally. I'm still open to the idea that Malki is Jewish and doesn't know it, but for now just take this as a retraction. And Malki, if you're reading this, I would be happy to promote your album provided you hold yourself to the high standards of "The Malki Song".
And in a Twitter DM, Roach Gigz sent me his latest video, "Pop Off", which has already made the rounds because it's pretty incredible.
The video was shot in the days surrounding the Johannes Mehserle trial, concerning the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant at Fruitvale BART. Aris Jerome does a great job of using the abandoned storefronts of Downtown Oakland as a backdrop for some populist rage against the police powers of the state. The hundreds of wheatpaste posters of Mr. Grant's face act as a rebuttal to Shepard Fairey's iconic HOPE poster of Obama's face. The video is clever, and surprisingly powerful. It's might be the best I've seen since "Trap Goin Ham".