British-Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed is known for more than his acting. Riz is a part of a rap duo and is known for his activism and speaking out against stereotypes. He uses platform to speak out for greater and fairer representations of South Asians in Hollywood and the movie industry in general. Riz also uses his rap to make political statements. His song T5, for example, deals with what it’s like to be ‘brown’ and deal with the American Transport Security Agency. He recently also released a song as a tribute to Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch who was a victim of honour killing.
Riz Ahmed has now joined Lin Manuel Miranda and other rappers to release “Hamilton: The Mix Tape”. The song talks about being an immigrant and the importance they hold in America and Britain.
The powerful music video shows scenes of immigrants working in sweatshops, as farm labourers and other jobs while also showing scenes of raids. The video begins with immigrants huddled around a radio and a voice saying, “It’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, immigrant has somehow become a bad word.”
The rappers sing verses in English and Spanish with a chorus of “Look how far I’ve come, Immigrants, we get the job done.”
Riz Ahmed raps some powerful lyrics in the song saying, “Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain’t ours, Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower, Buckingham Palace or Capitol Hill, Blood of my ancestors had that all built.”
Watch the music video here: