What’s most surprising about Firas Louati–goes by the rap handle Hidden Blade–is that his English rapping is really good. Like…really good. In this ESL rap world, it’s just a foregone conclusion these guys are going to suck in English. So when they smoke it, it’s just spinetingling. But then he also kills it in Arabic. Read more…
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March 12, 2012
November 22, 2011
From Libya with love, a rapper “eulogizes” Moammar, aka Qaddafi. Only in hiphop can you get on a mic on a talkshow and just rap about what’s been going on. It just wouldn’t work with, say, a polka.
October 16, 2011
Lotta money, lotta people involved in this production … and it shows. Salah Edin raps hard. Featurning France’s Seyfu.
October 3, 2011
Dinka (muonyjang in their language) is the largest ethnic group in South Sudan. In rap, the language sounds like molasses.
September 16, 2011
Check out this awesome overview of rap in the key revolutionary countries. Hiphop is everywhere.
June 30, 2011
According to these guys, their girls are crazy. But I wouldn’t know because even though they’re rapping in English, I can’t really understand what they’re saying.
June 30, 2011
Man, this has everything I love about hiphop: a big beat, pissed off rapping, and video of a revolution.
June 27, 2011
These guys mix traditional Moroccan music–Issawa and Gnawa–with modern beats.
June 26, 2011
This is an extremely graphic video of casualties of the Libyan revolution. Effective though?