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The “Rap Sentry”, Tunisia’s Hidden Blade (Firas Louati), Slays this Rhyme

March 12, 2012

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3-11-2012 10-20-13 PM Tunisian Firas Louati-hidden blade

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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Moammar D.O.A.: the title says it all

November 22, 2011

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11-21-2011 9-55-50 PM libya moammar d.o.a

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.

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“TFOE” is prob the best produced vid on WW … from Morocco’s Salah Edin

October 16, 2011

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10-16-2011 12-00-37 AM salah edin tfoe

Lotta money, lotta people involved in this production … and it shows.  Salah Edin raps hard.  Featurning France’s Seyfu.

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World’s newest country: South Sudan and Dinka hiphop

October 3, 2011

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10-2-2011 8-30-31 PM South Sudan dinka maditacamrap

Dinka (muonyjang in their language) is the largest ethnic group in South Sudan.  In rap, the language sounds like molasses.

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How rap music fueled the Arab Spring uprisings

September 16, 2011

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9-15-2011 9-33-28 PM hiphop arab spring

Check out this awesome overview of rap in the key revolutionary countries.  Hiphop is everywhere.

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Those Sudanese “Crazy Girls” are so…crazy!

June 30, 2011

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6-29-2011E Ryderz

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.

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Head BANGIN’…or banging heads in this tale of Egypt’s Revolution

June 30, 2011

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6-29-2011 arabian knights revolution

Man, this has everything I love about hiphop:  a big beat, pissed off rapping, and video of a revolution.  

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Interview with Moroccan rap supergroup H-Kayne

June 27, 2011

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6-26-2011 Moroccan h-kayne

These guys mix traditional Moroccan music–Issawa and Gnawa–with modern beats.  

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A graphic song for the Libyan Revolution (NC-17)

June 26, 2011

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6-26-2011 libya united mc banks

This is an extremely graphic video of casualties of the Libyan revolution.  Effective though?

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The Anthem of the Jasmine Revolution.

June 26, 2011

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6-26-2011el general tunisia rais el bled

It’s the song that put a voice to the Jasmine Revolution and the sonic inspiration for the Arab Spring.

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