In honor of César Chávez Day, Jahan Nostra and Ceschi Ramos have united for the “El Chapo” video, a potent piece of media that finds both MCs reflecting on topics such as immigration reform and the prison industrial complex.
Filmed, edited and directed by Henry Gelperin, the visual brings Jahan and Ceschi’s powerful words to life. It was also produced in partnership with Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA), a grassroots social justice organization made up of immigrants in the Greater New Haven, Connecticut area.
The scenes depicted in the “El Chapo” video were pulled from footage provided by the ULA that were filmed at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Roughly two weeks after the video shoot was completed, the news broke 21 Savage had been arrested and detained by ICE, something Jahan addressed in a press release.
“At the ULA meeting and video shoot, I met several individuals who were facing deportation or whose family members were facing deportation,” Jahan says. “Since they aren’t celebrities, we don’t hear most of their stories in the news.
“When news broke about 21 Savage, I really felt for him and his family. It’s a very unjust situation. 21 Savage has three children who are all US Citizens and the government is trying to deport their father who came to the U.S. as a child. There are thousands of cases just like his. I only hope his story can help raise awareness.”
Watch the “El Chapo” video above.