After his name trended on Twitter yesterday, Joe Flizzow has come forth to clear the air on the controversy surrounding the lyrics of his song called “Twisted Dreams”.
According to Joe, the collab song with Jay Park, Jay Electronica and DJ Begun should not be made an issue. This is because the verse was actually sung by the American Rapper, who’s also a Muslim.
The former Too Phat rapper also clarified that the lyrics do not carry any evil meaning nor does it insult the religion. “I read a few comments about my song where they questioned why we (Joe and the producers) used God’s name. The answer is, Jay Electronica is a Muslim. It’s his right to use Allah’s name. Do not spread slander,” Joe remarked.
For those wondering, part of the lyrics in “Twisted Dreams” that sparked a major outcry among fans reads, “Stop for Allah. All we want is Salam Salam. But all these f**ckers givin’ out is haram haram.” “That’s not my verse,” the “Ciao” jam-maker explained. “I’m shedding some light on his behalf because he didn’t even know about this issue.”
He continued, “If we listen to rap songs, we have to fully read the content before making assumptions. In the lyrics, he said, “Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness in God), we just want to share our greetings with many people, but there are some people who give haram (forbidden) things. That’s it.”
At the same time, Joe (real name Johan Ishak) also informed that Jay Electronica is a brave international artist, aside from proudly talking about Islam in his songs. He also urged netizens to appreciate someone’s artistry and learn to see things positively.
“He’s brave enough to tell everyone that he’s a Muslim, even though we know there’s a lot of discrimination in his home country. Try to see the good before passing judgment on others,” the Mr. President was quoted as saying.
In the meantime, Jay Park has apologised for his lyrics in “Mukkbang (Remix)” after facing massive backlash from listeners. In a series of statements posted on his Twitter, he explained that he didn’t mean to offend or disrespect the Muslims, prior to clapping back at some of the haters’ “false narratives”.
“Everyone lives in different countries and has different cultures, languages and perspectives. Everyone takes things in differently depending on where you are, how you grew up etc. Words, symbols, mean everything to some, but for those who don’t know it’s just another word. It’s no one’s fault,” the “Again & Again” singer added.
Jay then explained, “Not everyone can know everything, and if a misunderstanding causes you to hate me, so be it. Best I can do is to apologise to those I offended and move on. Of course if it made u feel bad I apologise full heartedly. Definitely understand where ur coming from. I will be more mindful next time dear.”
However, the 34-year-old rapper had since deleted his original tweets in favour of posting a new apology letter to the Muslim fans who were offended by him. Read it here: