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Listen/read: "Multi_Viral," a Collaboration of Calle 13 and WikiLeaks' Julian Assange 

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This morning, Calle 13 released the lyrics video of "Multi_Viral," the collaboration between the Puerto Rican duo and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The song features Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar and Palestinian vocalist and musician Kamilya Jubran.

Below the video you can read the English translation of the lyrics, which are based on tweets sent by fans to @Calle13Oficial with the hasthtag #JulianAssangeCalle13, and a bilingual videochat between Residente (rapper, lyricist for Calle 13) and Assange that took place this morning.

It all begins with a blaze

when we release flames from our gazes

they want to stop the fire that spreads

but there are some fires that water cannot put out

and the police line gets closer

muscles get tense and heartbeats grow

testosterone levels rise

and that moment when people come face to face, begins

when we become friends of bravery

when yelling becomes our only language.

I take my orders from the truth/reason

you take your orders from a colonel.

If our fight is made of cardboard, yours is made of paper

and they don’t stop us

because a powerful message

turns any lieutenant

into a toothless shark.

We are feared by the State

because at the same time we are 132 and 15M.

If the press doesn’t speak, we give the details

painting the walls with aerosol in the streets

I raise my banner and spread it

where only one person to read it, the world begins to change.

The one who controls, who dominates

wants to make you sick to sell you medicine

and they drug us, make us dumb

they anesthetize any question we may have

those are the reheated lies

they feed us with processed meat

and people remain misinformed

a news wrongly told is like an assault with a weapon.

We infiltrate, we duplicate

like cells, we multiply

to the one who doesn’t want broth, you give two cups

we are the yeast that rise the dough

our ideas are free and are awake

because we think with doors open

we’re seeing what cannot be seen

we were born without knowing how to speak

but we will die saying.

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