Mos Def Arrested for Performing Outside VMAs

mosdef.jpgMos Def was arrested last night during the MTV Video Music Awards after an impromptu performance outside of Radio City Music Hall. According to MTV News, the Brooklyn rapper pulled up to the venue at around 10 p.m. on a flatbed truck and began performing his politically charged “Katrina Klap” freestyle for the audience gathered outside. An NYPD spokesperson told MTV that officers approached Mos Def and asked him to stop the performance for safety reasons, however he continued to perform. According to the NYPD, it was not clear whether he ignored the order or simply refused to end the show.

MTV News also spoke with a source from Mos Def’s camp who said that the NYPD approached the rapper and his entourage and inquired about a permit for the performance. After being told that the group was in possession of a permit, they allowed the performance to continue, says the source. A short time later, several additional officers demanded that the show be stopped immediately. Apparently the order was not communicated to the rapper in a timely fashion, and he continued to perform. At that time, the NYPD began arresting members of his entourage. Carleen Donovan, Mos Def’s publicist, commented, “Mos Def was not out to break any laws. His only goal was to heighten the awareness of a serious situation that still exists in our country. He does not want people to forget that although it’s one year later, the people and cities hit by the hurricane still need the help of the American people.” The rapper was released this morning.

  • Genesis

    I commend Mos Def for doing something that alot of other so called rappers wouldnt do.

  • icee corleon

    big ups to mos def for pulling that rosa parks type shhh and for getting out his dreams.we need more people to take a stand for something they feel in their heart is right and this is what HIP HOP is all about fighting the powers to be, if you got to go to jail to say what you wanna say “its only a couple of dollars you can fight the case”. from one man to another i luv you from that ( no imx)

    p.s. i could not resist typing that ho homo shh i am a 80s baby. whats of class of 1982

  • Propaganda

    Too right Genesis. It`s about time someone enlightened the people a little more, people forget too quickly. Props to Mos.

  • icee corleon

    HIP HOP world need to stand up for real and stop using their status to get free stuff and really do something for they people. i seen a pic of lil wayne and baby having a good time showing off they ice and all that and they from the south shh baby should have been driving his F150
    with the 24s on it with mos on the back and wayne his hype mann but fools rather show off then stand up. lil wayne did that GA

  • soopadoopa

    They should have let him perform on stage ON AIR. MOS DEF did some real
    B-Boy shit last night!!!

    100

  • icee corleon

    …bush song but that aint enough im from louisiana and i feel that anybody with any status should be standing up like kanye and mos did.

    myspace.com/iceecorleon

  • jus

    keep the movement moving..

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    now THAT’S gangsta!

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    that’s why niggas love mos def… pause

  • pop a poppa

    *stands up and appluads Mos Def*

    the cops were gettin’ scared that Mos was gonna stir up the people wit his knowledge. i could just imagine them shakin’ in they blues.

  • 110 street

    :Umi say shine your light on the world:

  • 8thstreetdyme

    Big up to mos def, keep doing what u do.

  • 184TH BOY

    DUMB ASS….HAD 2 SAY IT

  • KINGPEN

    Mos Def did what needed 2B done! I wish that more people in a position 2B heard would do the same !

  • midnightkat

    mos def is real hip-hop

  • Mrs Damian Marley

    Finally someone getting arrested for a purpose and not just for being ignorant

  • New York Nigga

    FUCK MOS DEF!

  • New York Nigga

    nigga look like a ghetto smurf lol fuk that nigga

  • The Originator

    This has to be the stupidest dude alive.

  • HipHopHeadX

    One Love 2 Mos Def…
    HipHop 4 Life

  • MR. DICK

    That’s exactly what black people need to do to get anything accomplished. Look at the 60′s during the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, and others. Black people have to stand up and trailblaze just to get treated equally. If you don’t believe me, look at your history (if you can read). We didn’t have the right to vote until someone took a stand, we were barred from some colleges in America until someone stood up. In 1992 you would have thought Rodney King was a pinball the way he got his ass knocked around by white cops; the cops got off the hook until niggas tore up L.A.–then “they” took action against the cops. Ya’ll niggas that are laughing at Mos Def for trying to be vocal about things that are important to blacks are one reason why blacks are in the shape we are in. Are ya’ll that brainwashed and ignorant? I really wasn’t feeling Mos Def at first (thought he was just a corny New York rapper), but now I will definitely put some money in his pocket when he releases material. That’s the type of shit that needs to happen all the time to get anything done.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    nigga look like a ghetto smurf lol fuk that nigga

    ^^^^^
    thatz hilarious muhahahahahahaha

  • AirlineGeneral

    fuckin clown ass niggas tryin to joke on what a nigga look like they probably some dudes who spread k-y jelly on their asshole and put hamsters inside it…….anyways big up to mos def that dude is real

  • cacapoopoo

    DMX Arrested in London for Outburst on Flight.
    The Youngbloodz Arrested in Atlanta on Weapons and Drug Charges.
    Young Jeezy Arrested in Miami On Gun Charges.
    And now the conscicous mc’s?!?!? Whats next talib kweili gets pinched for being black on a friday nite?

  • OUTLAWZ / RBG

    WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/7/96… I COMMEND MOS DEF FOR HIS MUSICAL DEFIANCE, WHO’S NEXT TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE ALL AROUND YOU & YOUR FAMILIES? BOSS UP, LEARN THE TRUE STREET CODES & GET FREE OR DIE TRYIN’… MAKAVELI LIVES ON… http://www.myspace.com/septemberseventh

  • c_realla

    That’s whats up. Anyone can be arrested for packing a heater,or drugs, but getting arrested for speaking out on a worthwhile social crisis is highly respectable.

  • jordan-philly

    “According to the NYPD, it was not clear whether he ignored the order or simply refused to end the show.”

    that’s stupid…it’s basically saying the same thing!

  • Shaun the Great

    If there were more rappers like Mos Def and Common and Talib Kweli Imagine how much more of a favorable Genre Hip Hop would be

  • My Big Balls

    Who gives a fuck…not me!

  • Knockboot

    BIG UPS TO MOS DEF FOR THAT SHIT ALOT OF MUTHA FUCKAS WOULDNT DO THAT JUST TO GET THERE POINT ACROSS MORE PEOPLE SHOULD STAND UP AND SPEAK IF THEY GOT SUMTHIN TO SAY………

  • REAL TALK

    if u dunt giv a fuk den y leave a comment…..”stupid ass nigger”

  • B.O.B.

    HENCE THE NEW DANGER…BOOGIE MAN, BOOGIE MAN!!!

  • Hollywood_Nigga

    the only reason they arrested him is bcuz the song he was performing attacked president bush & the gov’t. nypd wasnt havin dat

  • H-man

    Mos Def takin one 4 da team…dats what brotherz R all about…rock da boat people

  • HATER HURTER!

    Balls @ My Word!!!!!

  • Three4

    Shout outs to Mos Def 4 representing real Hip-Hop…and fuck George Bush and Fema…peace to everybody in New Orleans…

  • REALNIG

    mos def is tha truth

    do ya thing nigga

  • BIGNAT

    THE MIGHTY MIGHTY MOS STOOD UP AND DID WHAT HE NEEDED TO DO TO GET A POINT ACROSS. THE SAME THING WITH KANYE WE THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS BUT THEY SAY IT ON LEVEL THAT HAS MORE ACCES. I DON’T EVEN LIKE KANYE BUT ONCE HE SAID BUSH DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE. I WAS LIKE THAM THIS DUDE GOT SOMETHING TO SAY THAT I WAS NOT EVEN THINKING ABOUT. MADE ME THINK YEAH BUSH GOT OUR PEOPLE DYING IN AMERICA AND OVER SEAS. ALSO I DON’T JUST MEAN BLACK PEOPLE I THINK HE IS CANCER TO THE COUNTRY.

  • johnny rebel

    mos def…one of the last real niggaz left.

  • 5 STAR X-E-Q-SHUN

    Fuck that political bullshit @ MTV.
    Big ups 2 Mos.

  • DOG

    Mos Def getting arrested? Now that’s bullshit alado!

  • http://myspace.com/efcuttin EF Cuttin

    fuckin right! i’m still out here,no crib,rockin a fema trailer!

  • Founder

    Mos the realest. Wen ppl like Mos hang-up their mics, who will b left in hip-hop 2 keep the movement?

  • Shawnna

    I have always been with MOS DEF!! Big ups to him for acknowledging, what went on & still is going on with HURRICANE KATRINA!! I wish someone would do a song or movie on the PETS/ANIMALS who died & suffered through out KATRINA!!

    ASCPA.org

    they need more donations people!! please go to that site!!

  • MoneyMakin’Mitch

    “Black Star” power!!!

  • chocolate-ma

    nypd is just scared! they dont want someone real like mos def performing a song that can touch so many people! the truth hurts and the gov. know it!

  • e.n.beezy

    Bin laden didnt blow up the projects
    It was you nigga
    Bush knocked down the towers

  • http://none napp_jone

    that some bull shit they should half lett him performs cuzZ they dont gife a fucc acout katrina some ones should speak ups. iagree with them 2.

  • armchaira&R

    Dumbass niggas! Yall jump up and down everytime one of these rappers “disses” another idiot rapper but when a nigga does something that actually could meen something to our culture yall talking about what he looks like!!! Damn! Yall should be ashamed.

  • B-Boy

    This just shows how shady the police are I mean Mos Def had a permit they proballY arrested because he was talking about something they didn’t wanna hear. Mos Def just shows how real hip hop sounds instead of all these comercial rappers and comercial hip hop

    Stay real Mos Def

  • buck

    where’s the black leaders i forget they are trying to help isreal get thair people home. before you know it black people wan’t have any rights to do any thing soon. so we need rapper to talk for us. thank you mos. this didn’t hit national news. cnn msnbc abc or goven own FOX.

  • MALICE

    AND THIS IS WHY MOS DEF IS REAL, NO FABRICATED DICK RIDIN PROMO BULLSHIT LIKE SOME OF THESE RAPPERS OUT NOW

  • http://www.myspace.com/therealsleepwalker sleepwalker

    fuck the police

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Mav

    New York Nigga. As funny as that shit was. I thought you N.Y. nigga stick together. I was wrong.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Mav

    New York Nigga. That was some funny shit. I thought N.Y. nigga stick together. I was wrong.

  • jerry

    is he really def? i mean how can he rap if he cant hear??

  • #1 stunna

    i just gotta say i am impresed by somone that is def that raps. it must be hard to rap when you cant hear…..big ups to mos, keep doing it big for hearing impaired people.

  • L-Rod

    Nothing causes more of a stir than the truth and Mos Def speaks it… His talent and passion for his beliefs are admirable.

  • Jersey Boy

    Hey Big up most Def !!

  • latinpistol

    yo mos def that nigga

  • http://www.myspace.com/jonnielasvegas JonnieLasVegas aka ColdSteel

    Propz…..

  • oc

    this tells me that there still are ture niggers sticking to what is right. mos def do what u do . theres love for u out here in the UK.

  • raplover

    mos def is the master of freestyle and i’m his biggest fan. when i heard about him being arrested for promoting awareness and doing sometime positive i became really disappointed in the authorities. while they taking mos def to jail there are people being murdered in the streets. it’s hard for them to remember their priorities but they are efficient when it comes to fighting down a brother. i love u mos def and remember the jah knows and see it all. keep on striving boo.

  • http://www.myspace.com/K0zaneffect Kozaneffect

    DMX, 50 Cent, Lil John and all those other fake ass pieces of shit should learn from Mos Def and do something positive instead of rap about insignificant shit that doesn’t promote anything but hatred and the dirty corporate american dream. Big Up to Mos Def and the real soldiers that are about helping one another and are all about love. You people that are hatin’ on this site are just as bad as those NYPDs.
    Peace.

  • RotterdamSoldier

    Mos Def never scared to speak the truth…but this nigga is really def?
    GodDamn Mos….i have even more RESPECT for you then i already had..somebody already told me this a long time ago but i didn’t believe her cause how in the hell can you make such good albums when your def?
    And you are really talented cause rapping and acting and youre def?
    You got my RESPECT my nigga…Peace