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    HERITAGE WE TALKED TO HIM ABOUT HIS MOST WE TALKED TO HIM ABOUT HIS MOST RECENT ACTIVISM

    RECENT ACTIVISM >> I FEEL LIKE AMERICANS ARE — >> I FEEL LIKE AMERICANS ARE — I FEEL LIKE A LOT OF KIDS HAVE A I FEEL LIKE A LOT OF KIDS HAVE A NEGATIVE WHEN THEY COME FROM NEGATIVE WHEN THEY COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE I DID OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE I DID >> Reporter: KAREEM, WHO GOES BY >> Reporter: KAREEM, WHO GOES BY HIS STAGE NAME MONTANA IS A HIS STAGE NAME MONTANA IS A MOROCCAN AMERICAN RAPPER KNOWN MOROCCAN AMERICAN RAPPER KNOWN FOR HIT SONGS LIKE FOR HIT SONGS LIKE "UNFORGETTABLE" "UNFORGETTABLE

    " GOT OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS GOT OVER 1 BILLION STREAMS IN HIS MOST RECENT WORK, HE IS IN HIS MOST RECENT WORK, HE IS CASTING A SPOTLIGHT ON MUSLIM CASTING A SPOTLIGHT ON MUSLIM CULTURE CULTURE IT’S JUXTAPOSED WITH THE BRAVADO IT’S JUXTAPOSED WITH THE BRAVADO USUALLY SEEN IN RAP VIDEOS

    USUALLY SEEN IN RAP VIDEOS THE IMAGES HAVE SPARKED SOME THE IMAGES HAVE SPARKED SOME CONTROVERSY BUT THE RAPPER SAYS CONTROVERSY BUT THE RAPPER SAYS HIS INTENTION IS TO SHOW OFF HIS HIS INTENTION IS TO SHOW OFF HIS CULTURE CULTURE >> MUSLIM FROM MOROCCO, I MOVED >> MUSLIM FROM MOROCCO, I MOVED TO LA

    WHEN I WAS 20-SOMETHING, TO LA WHEN I WAS 20-SOMETHING, BUT I COME FROM MOROCCO, I COME BUT I COME FROM MOROCCO, I COME FROM NORTH AFRICA, I COME FROM A FROM NORTH AFRICA, I COME FROM A MUSLIM BACKGROUND MUSLIM BACKGROUND I WAS BORN MUSLIM

    I WAS BORN MUSLIM MY MOTHER PRAYED HER WHOLE LIFE, MY MOTHER PRAYED HER WHOLE LIFE, NEVER HAD A DRINK, SMOKED, NEVER HAD A DRINK, SMOKED, NOTHING NOTHING JUST WATCHING HER AROUND THE JUST WATCHING HER AROUND THE HOUSE AND JUST, YOU KNOW, GIVING HOUSE AND JUST, YOU KNOW, GIVING ALL THE DISCIPLINE AND ALL THE ALL THE DISCIPLINE AND ALL THE MOTIVATION, HE FEEL LIKE THERE’S MOTIVATION, HE FEEL LIKE THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST LIKE HER A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST LIKE HER THAT DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY COULD THAT DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY COULD BE THEMSELVES TO BE WHAT THEY BE THEMSELVES TO BE WHAT THEY WANT WANT

    >> Reporter: AS A FORMER >> Reporter: AS A FORMER UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT HIMSELF, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT HIMSELF, THE MUSICIAN IS USING HIS THE MUSICIAN IS USING HIS INFLUENCE TO HIGHLIGHT INFLUENCE TO HIGHLIGHT IMMIGRATION ISSUES BEYOND HIS IMMIGRATION ISSUES BEYOND HIS MUSIC MUSIC ♪ ♪ >> WHEN I WAS 13, DIDN’T KNOW >> WHEN I WAS 13, DIDN’T KNOW ENGLISH, DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO ENGLISH, DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A WORD OF ENGLISH SPEAK A WORD OF ENGLISH I JUST FELT LIKE A SORE THUMB, I JUST FELT LIKE A SORE THUMB, STUCK OUT, YOU KNOW

    STUCK OUT, YOU KNOW DIDN’T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE WAS DIDN’T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE WAS TALKING ABOUT, IN THE LUNCHROOM TALKING ABOUT, IN THE LUNCHROOM BY MYSELF BY MYSELF I JUST WANT PEOPLE THAT COME I JUST WANT PEOPLE THAT COME FROM MOROCCO, SEE I COME FROM FROM MOROCCO, SEE I COME FROM AFRICA, TO KNOW THEY CAN BECOME AFRICA, TO KNOW THEY CAN BECOME WHATEVER THEY WANT WHATEVER THEY WANT

    >> Reporter: FRANK MONTANA >> Reporter: FRANK MONTANA RECENTLY DONATED $50,000 TO HELP RECENTLY DONATED $50,000 TO HELP IMMIGRANT YOUTH IN HIS FORMER IMMIGRANT YOUTH IN HIS FORMER HOMETOWN HOMETOWN HOMETOWN HOMETOWN >> FRANK MONTANA >> FRANK MONTANA >> Reporter: AND HE WAS INVITED >> Reporter: AND HE WAS INVITED TO THE U

    N GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO TO THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO DISCUSS GLOBAL INVESTMENT IN DISCUSS GLOBAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION EDUCATION

    >> LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IT SHOULD >> LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IT SHOULD BE A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE BE A RIGHT, NOT A PRIVILEGE IT’S GREAT TO BE RIGHT HERE NEXT IT’S GREAT TO BE RIGHT HERE NEXT TO YOU, IN FRONT OF ALL YOU TO YOU, IN FRONT OF ALL YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TO MAKE A CHANGE CHANGE >> I JUST FEEL LIKE PEOPLE THAT

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