Calle 13’s collaboration with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is finally here.
Conceptualized with the participation of fans on Twitter back in June, the driving song celebrates popular protest -- with shoutouts to Mexico’s 132 and Spain’s 15-M -- while excoriating the mass media.
“The news badly told is an armed assault,” Pérez sings, over a guitar line laid down by ex-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. The song’s chorus features the vocals of Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran.
Assange delivers his message in an interlude mid-way through the song, saying:
We live in the world that your propaganda made. But where you think you are strong, you are weak. Your lies tell us the truth we will use against you. Your secrecy shows us where we will strike. Your weapons reveal fear for all to see. From Cairo to Quito a new order is forming. The power of people armed with the truth.
Assange has been holed up in Britain’s Ecuadoran Embassy for more than a year.
In a separate video released Wednesday, Assange discusses the production of the song and its message with Calle 13 frontman René Pérez.
Watch the video for "Multi_Viral" in the video above and the discussion between Assange and Pérez in the video below.