Tour Stories: Pittsburgh musicians share wild tales of the road

JASIRI X

Tour Stories: Pittsburgh musicians share wild tales of the road

Jasiri X, rapper/activist: “I did four dates on the Schools Not Prisons tour, which was sponsored by the California Endowment, and the first date was at the University of California, San Bernardino. This tour was dope for me because the first thing we did was sit down and talk to the students about the issues. One of the main artists on the tour was Diggy Simmons, who was like a teenage heartthrob, who was doing like the little girl songs. He’s up there doing these love songs, and all the girls are singing. And they were like, ‘Jasiri, you’re next.’ And I come out like, ‘Crack! Rat-a-tat-tat! This is what it sounds like when you take the power back!’ And the whole mood … if you can imagine it going from Diggy Simmons to me talking about revolution. I’m like, ‘Do we need/do we need to start a riot?!’ And people were like riding with me, but the energy just totally shifted. It was hilarious. And when I perform ‘Do We Need to Start a Riot?’ I always have this explanation, but I guess the explanation wasn’t enough. And this was like the first show, so the California Endowment people are looking at me, like, ‘What?! What just happened? Who is this guy on stage?’ After the first show, they’re like, ‘Um, maybe the next Schools Not Prison show, you don’t do “Do We Need to Start a Riot?” … in California where there really were riots.’ I’m like, ‘I got other songs I can do.’ ”

Originally Posted Here: https://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2020/01/26/Tour-Stories-Pittsburgh-musicians-share-wild-tales-of-the-road/stories/202001260154