Penguin Prison Premieres Music Video for the 99%

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Jay-Z and Kanye may be giving props to Occupy Wall Street — but it’s breakout artist Penguin Prison who’s made the official dance anthem for the 99%.

His video for “Don’t F*ck With My Money” – the crazy catchy single from the New Yorker’s awesome sauce new album – was filmed during the OWS march last month from Zuccotti Park to Times Square and premieres on MTV today. Y’all can check out how PP pumped up the protest party with this super approps warning from Main Street to Wall Street:

“You f*ck with my money
You’ll be sorry
You got what you wanted
I did what you told me…”

The edgy black-and-white footage from the electro-pop romp features bodega owners, Vietnam vets, clowns, little girls, zombies, Hasidic Jews, NYPD and a whole lot of pissed-off cardboard signs all rocking out to this addictive pop portrait of our generation’s biggest protest.

Over here at Act, we’re can’t stop playin’ this upbeat track– and we love that an artist has finally tapped into the eclectic mishmash of heartfelt frustration and fearless hope that energizes much of what’s happening at OWS. If your American Dream’s been hijacked, then you betta bust a move to this tune for change.

We were lucky enough to get a hold of Chris Glover aka the new Penguin Prince of Pop to ask him some questions about the inspiration behind his Arctic appelation as well as his funky protest song:

Where does the name Penguin Prison come from?

I actually came up with the name Penguin Prison because of George W. Bush. I was making a joke rap song with my friend and we were freestyling about the current president at the time. We came up with the line, “he’s a penguin vision, he went to the penguin prison and assumed a penguin position.” I thought the name Penguin Prison had a nice ring to it so I remembered it later when I was trying to come up with a name for this project. It doesn’t make much sense but that’s the truth!

What inspired you to film the video down at Occupy Wall Street?

I wrote and recorded “Don’t F*ck with My Money” some time before the Occupy Wall Street protest began but I felt that some of the lyrics reflected the sentiments that a lot of people have right now. Inspired by OWS and by the other protests that have sprung up all over the world, I decided to film a video for “Don’t F*ck With My Money” at the Occupy Wall Street March that went from Zuccotti Park to Times Square. Filming it was an amazing experience and I hope the video can help to bring their message to even more people than it has already reached.

What role do you think music plays in motivating a social movement like Occupy Wall Street?

I don’t think music really had much part in motivating the Occupy Wall Street movement in particular. It seems that many musicians have gotten involved and have performed at the various “Occupy” movements across the country and I’m sure it helped to inspire more people to be involved as well as re-energized those who were already there.

Holidays are almost here. What’s one present you would give that gives back?

A good present doesn’t have to be something that you can put in a box and wrap. I would say just helping someone out is always appreciated whether it is the holidays or not.

Awww, this dude is seriously cuter than an actual penguin prison (c’mon, even behind bars they’d be adorbs). Since he’s too modest to say it, we’re gonna go ahead and tell y’all what to stuff in our socially aware stockings: Penguin Prison’s new CD. And his phone number. Mkkkkay thanks!

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