Riz Ahmed Spits Intense ‘Sour Times’ Spoken Word in Wake of Charlottesville Violence (via Billboard)

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Of all the responses to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, one of the most poignant came on Monday night’s (Aug. 14) Tonight Show courtesy of Swet Shop boys rapper and Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed. Asked by host Jimmy Fallon if he had anything to say about the incident — which included bloody clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters as well as the murder of a woman by a Nazi-sympathizer who drove his car into a crowd of anti-supremacist marchers — Ahmed reached back to a rhyme he wrote more than a decade ago.

“In light of all the current events that are going on, it just seems like we’re living in really, really divided times and it really hurts,” he said, noting that he wrote the a cappella “Sour Times” 10 years ago and that every year he hopes it will become irrelevant, but it just keeps becoming more relevant. “It’s my attempt to get behind the headlines and work out where all this extremism is coming from.”

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Billboard | Riz Ahmed | The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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