Photo: Julian Assange and Calle 13's Residente
Calle 13 rapper Residente had a new, rather interesting, writing partner this week.
The Puerto Rican rapper, born René Pérez Joglar, teamed up with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The two collaborated during a song-writing session on Thursday and Residente asked his nearly five million Twitter followers to send in ideas during their time together.
Residente is known for his politically and socially critical songs and said he felt connected to Assange. The two met up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London where Assange has been residing since the U.S. government charged him with leaking confidential government documents.
“We support Assange because he is a victim of media manipulation,” Residente said in a statement. “He is accused of releasing information to which we should have had access, because we deserve to be well informed.”
“Assange just revealed information about what governments are doing. Those who do not support him are attacking their own human rights, fundamental rights.”
Calle 13 is scheduled to release their fifth studio album later this year, but it is unclear whether Assange and Residente’s song will be on it.
On Friday, Residente tweeted a link to a Assange’s TED Talk from 2010.