2012 market the release of Hasan Salaam’s “Music Is My Weapon” album. The concept was that music can be used as a powerful tool in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality. With the release of the project, Hasan aimed to prove that music can change people’s lives, literally. All profits from the sale of the EP were used towards his “It Takes A Village” project and successfully funded a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.
The project began in June 2010 when Hasan Salaam and FLOW participated in a groundbreaking series call “The Impossible Music Sessions”. Salaam performed the music of the Baloberos, a hip hop collective from Guinea-Bissau (West Africa) Their song “7 Minutes of Truth” criticized the military violence and political corruption plaguing their country. In an attempt to silence them, two members were abducted by the military, threatened and beaten for 2 days. Hasan Salaam performed an English rendition of “7 Minutes of Truth” before a live audience, with Baloberos joining in via Skype. The event was so powerful; it was covered by National Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal. Salaam’s version of the song got radio play throughout Guinea-Bissau.
As a result, Hasan Salaam and FLOW were sponsored by the US Embassy to travel to West Africa and participate in a musical collaboration and youth outreach mission in November 2010, with the assistance of Cobiana Communications.
Salaam was united with the Baloberos in Guinea-Bissau. They came together and participated in the national Big Up Hip Hop Festival to promote freedom of speech. Salaam also conducted workshops with the youth at the SOS Children's Village and the young hip hop artists of Bissau covering topics such as: the history of hip hop music, the implication of the "N" word, creative writing, and performing.