In light of the Charlottesville violence, British-Pakistani actor, rapper and activist Riz Ahmed was asked to give his thoughts on the situation while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. Ahmed in turn chose to deliver an undeniably moving spoken word performance of an a cappella that he penned a decade ago, titled “Sour Times,” as his response
Riz insisted that he hoped with time the number would become more and more irrelevant, but unfortunately that is not the case. “It’s my attempt to get behind the headlines and work out where all this extremism is coming from,” he noted.
The rap then centers around the dangers of extremism, as Ahmed has even gone on to amend some of the original lyrics to adhere to current events.
“The truth is, terrorism ain’t what you think it is/ There ain’t no supervillain planning these attacks from some base/ The truth is so much scarier and harder to face/ See, there’s thousands of angry young men that are lost/ Sidelined in the economy, a marginal cost/ They think there’s no point in putting ballots up in the box/ They got no place in the system and no faith in its cause… The way that Trump talks, gives a lost boy a cause,” he added.
To watch the performance in full, press play above.
For more, see underneath to check out Jimmy Fallon’s emotional monologue on the violence in Charlottesville.