The track comments on the solidarity between Black and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) allyship in the midst of the #StopAsianHateMovement. Its accompanying music video, directed by award-winning Vietnamese-American director Bao Nguyen, was created in partnership with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). Shot in the heart of New York City’s Chinatown — where a majority of the anti-Asian crimes have been caught — the visual brings awareness to financial and educational resources available to AAPI families.
“After witnessing the uptick of heinous hate crimes against the AAPI community, I wanted to use my artistry to inspire this generation to take action in a way that has never been done before. To be able to reconnect with Wyclef for this song is not only special for me on a personal level, but also symbolizes the importance of solidarity amongst all communities during these dark times,” MC Jin explained in a statement. “The song title was actually inspired by my 8 year old son, Chance, who boldly shouted “stop the hatred” into a crowd of thousands at a #StopAsianHate rally in New York City.”
Wyclef Jean added, “Racism and hate against underrepresented communities can only be fought with unity. I’m proud to work with my brother, MC Jin, to build bridges for our communities through our music. We all need to be active in our fight to stop the hatred.”
In addition to the release of track, the pair will also discuss the song, its music video and the importance of supporting each other on this issue on Discord’s Partnered Hip Hop server. “We’re honored to support MC Jin and Wyclef to help shine a light on this movement and deeply powerful message,” Tesa Aragones, Chief Marketing Officer at Discord, said. “As a first-generation Filipino American, allyship for the AAPI community is deeply important to my personal life and the work we’re doing at Discord to create an inclusive place where no one feels like an outsider.”
Watch Wyclef Jean and MC Jin’s “Stop the Hatred” music video above.
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