Busta Rhymes hit up the Apollo Theater to spread a little “joy” to voters on Election Day. The 48-year-old rapper, who is promoting his latest album Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God, joined Funk Master Flex for a pop-up show in Harlem on Tuesday (Nov. 3).
The live performances were apart of Joy to the Polls, a nonpartisan movement spearheaded by the Election Defenders — a group of volunteers that include community organizers, and faith leaders — to help end voter suppression.
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PULL UP AND RIDE OUT WITH IS RIGHT NOW!!! @funkflex & The Dragon 🐉 WE’RE ABOUT TO GET BUSY AT THE POLLING SITE IN HARLEM AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION!! 👀👀👀👀IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO BE SEE YOU THERE!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 #ELE2THEWRATHOFGODRELOADED AVAILABLE AND STREAMING EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW WITH 4 MORE BANGERS ADDED TO THE ALBUM!!!!! THE PROPHECY IS BEING FULFILLED!!!! Click link in Bio‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
— Joyce Philippe (@JoyceMeetsWorld) November 3, 2020
— #JoyToThePolls (@JoyToThePolls) November 3, 2020
Following a short performance, Busta shared a lengthy message on Instagram encouraging Black voters to think beyond the polls. “Salute to everyone that is doing [their] part today but what we actually have to do is much deeper than voting!!! We need to empower [ourselves] mind, body, spirit & economically, so that these politicians will have to properly negotiate with us for our dollars and our vote!!”
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TODAY ON THIS ELECTION DAY I STAND WITH MY PEOPLE AND FOR MY PEOPLE!!! SALUTE TO EVERYONE THAT IS DOING THERE PART TODAY BUT WHAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO DO IS MUCH DEEPER THAN VOTING!!! WE NEED TO EMPOWER OURSELF MIND, BODY, SPIRIT & ECONOMICALLY SO THAT THESE POLITICIANS WILL HAVE TO PROPERLY NEGOTIATE WITH US FOR OUR DOLLARS AND OUR VOTE!! WE ARE TRULY LIVING IN THE EYE OF THE STORM OF A REAL EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR PEOPLE AND ALL THE SHIT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO TO US SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME!! BE GREAT MY BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL & RESILIENT BLACK PEOPLE AND LET’S MAKE SURE THEY FEEL THE WRATH OF GOD!! #ELE2THEWRATHOFGODRELOADED AVAILABLE AND STREAMING EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW!!! Click link in Bio ‼️‼️‼️‼️ HARLEM I SALUTE Y’ALL!! Salute @funkflex & @joejaxson @spliffstar_mrlewis @djscratchator
Joy to the Polls urges voters to stay in line by turning voting into a celebration with music and dancing at polling locations around the country. Offset and Big Daddy Kane were among the rappers who participated in the grassroots movement, which includes Spotify playlists curated by Aloe Blacc, Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lin-Manuel Miranda, QuestLove, and more.
“In the face of a global pandemic, threats of violence and long lines designed to suppress the vote, the people are fighting back with joy,” Joy to the Polls creator and Election Defenders campaign manager, Nelini Stamp, told BET.com. “Together, we will make voting more accessible for all.”