"For sure the first people to have our song were the NSA. Maybe they liked it and that's why I'm still alive." -Calle 13's Residente (Rene Perez) in the Miami Herald (more below)
"a pan-revolutionary musical force...
a powerful track that speaks the language of social dissent"
Over A Million Viewers Have Already Flocked To Calle 13's "Multi_Viral" Lyric Video -
With Julian Assange, Tom Morello And Kamilya Jubran Joining The Outspoken Puerto Rican Duo To Confront Censorship, Media Manipulation and The Concealment of Information
"We live in the world that your propaganda made, but where you think you are strong, you are weak. Your lies tell us the truth we will use against you. Your secrecy shows us where we will strike. Your weapons reveal your fear for all to see. From Cairo to Quito, a new order is forming. The power of people armed with the truth." - Julian Assange in "Multi_Viral"
Calle 13's Lyricist & Vocalist Residente (Rene Perez) Has Also Discussed "Multi_Viral" With NPR, And As A Featured Guest On The Award-Winning Independent News Program Democracy Now!
"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange caused a political firestorm and raised potent questions about censorship and information control with his massive releases of government data. Now he's communicating through music. Assange speaks up on Multi_Viral, a raging rap-rock song created by Rene Perez, or Residente, frontman and songwriter for the activist musical duo Calle 13, released online this week. Perez, who has 8 million online followers, enlisted contributors from around the world for an online brainstorming/songwriting session in August at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where Assange lives....Perez incorporated them into Multi_Viral's lyrics, focusing on rebellion and the power of unfettered ideas. 'I raise my banner and spread it - with only one person to read it, the world begins to change,' he proclaims in Spanish. 'We infiltrate, we duplicate like cells.' ...Given that his collaboration with Assange happened mostly via email, Perez figures one powerful government agency is already aware of Multi_Viral. 'For sure the first people to have our song were the NSA,' he says. "Maybe they liked it and that's why I'm still alive." -Miami Herald
"Calle 13 has just posted their much Tweeted-about track "Multi_Viral," which features spoken-word contribution from WikiLeaks' Julian Assange and Palestinian artist Kamilya Jubran's soulful singing. Tom Morello's guitar characteristically rages on "Multi_Viral," which takes the explosive sound explored by previous Calle 13 songs like "Calma Pueblo" to full throttle. The Puerto Rican duo's Réne Pérez rapping rails against the press, the military, pharmaceutical companies, processed food, and corporate mind control,inciting listeners to take up their own can of spray paint or protest sign
...it's a powerful track that speaks the current language of social dissent."-Billboard
"In what is potentially the most top-billed revolutionary collaboration of our time, Puerto Rico's Calle 13 has teamed up with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, and Audioslave fame and Palestinian artist, Kamilya Jubran. The resulting song, titled 'Multi_Viral,' represents a pan-revolutionary musical force" - Fusion
"Calle 13's Pérez, Assange go viral: A song by Puerto Rican rapper René Pérez and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about media manipulation is spreading across social media. The song, "Multi-Viral," grew out of a meeting this summer between Pérez and Assange at the Ecuador Embassy in London...' Hello FBI! Here I am with Julian #Assange founder of @wikileaks. Tomorrow we will be writing together. With you.' Pérez wrote on his Twitter account in July.
Pérez is the singer known as "Residente" in Puerto Rico's Grammy Award-winning duo Calle 13...Pérez and Assange met for nearly four hours. The Wikileaks founder helped write music and lent his voice to the song, which also drew up input for their thousands of Twitter followers. Pérez said the pair also spoke about the power of social media to bring people closer to the "truth" and media distortion and manipulation of information.
'This was a risk at the artistic level, but at the end of the day I think it was worth it,' Pérez said in a radio interview. The singer said he doesn't expect repercussions from federal authorities for collaborating with a man who is not charged with any crime in the U.S. 'I don't know, but I hope not," Pérez said Wednesday. 'But there is that risk. Julian told showed me all the cameras around the embassy and told me that my computer would be tracked. And that is the reality.' - Caribbean Business
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