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Iran Has Begun Cracking Down on Rap Music. The limiting of free speech is one of the clear signs of a totalitarian government that will not allow free speech to flourish. From The London Telegraph:
According to Tehran-Emrouz, an Iranian daily newspaper, he said that young Iranian men and women were arrested last week in a score of raids targeting the capital’s underground rap scene. The rappers – both male and female – had apparently taken over “vacant” buildings in order to create what Iran’s regime has depicted as degenerative, anti-Islamic music. Tehran-Emrouz describes how the police kept the buildings under surveillance after they were informed that “young boys and girls” had been seen with “unusual appearances and musical instruments”
But the Iranian authorities are not cracking down on the music because it is anti-Islamic and somehow profane but because it is confronting problems with the Iranian government:
The regime can tolerate its youth intoxicated. But what it cannot abide is young Iranians actively subverting its authority. Iranian rap is not a direct emulation of what the regime deems “messianic” American rap; its lyrics often derive from the pain of living under the corruption and abuse of the Islamic Republic.
The establishment of the Islamic regime marked the exodus of talented Iranian musicians from the country. One famous Iranian rapper, Erfan, now lives in California. His lyrics are not about fast cars and money. And they are certainly not, as the Iranian government has suggested, sexually explicit. For an increasingly unpopular and paranoid Iranian President like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, they are far worse:
“I wanna break all borders and boundaries before the flight and escape of all our valuable brains. All the youth in Iran have plans of leaving, from continent to continent they are travelling. After 2000 years it’s the time of breaking tradition, suffocating our family trees in exile.”
These frustrated lyrics from Sad Ghasam, ‘One Hundred Promises’, are especially pertinent to the post-2005 era, when Ahmadinejad banned Western and “indecent” music from state-run TV and radio stations. In an explicit attack against the Regime, Erfan also wrote Tasmim, ‘Resolution’, after the June 2009 Green Movement protests in Iran. One line in particular echoes recent events: “Every day you say our Iran is at fault, you say this but you beat and you kill.” It is for lyrics like these that the young musicians have been arrested in Tehran.
The only regularly great part of the Jimmy Fallon show is the fact that The Roots are the house band. Thank goodness DJ Heat put a compilation together of performances of The Roots and guests on The Jimmy Fallen show.
Umar Farouk Abdulmtallab is the Al-Qaeda member who tried to blow up the plane from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. Luckily for the people on the flight the terrorist was not able to create a large enough explosion and jumped by one of the other passengers. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo reports that one of the things we do know about Abdulmtallab is that he was a big fan of hip-hop music.
The Christian Science Monitor has an article posted January 4th about Hip-Hop being used as an alternative to Al Qaeda in Yemen. Hip-hop provides an outlet for Yemeni youths to express themselves and is a way for the hearts and minds to be swayed from Islamic extremism:
In Yemen’s staunchly traditional society, the main activities for young people are chewing khat, a mild narcotic, or going to mosques. Events like last week’s show hope to promote hip-hop culture as a healthy alternative and keep youths from being swept up into extremist ideas, say event organizers.
“[In Yemen] you have people who are trying to gain support among the youth for every sort of cause: Al Qaeda, Salafis.… We have to win the hearts and minds of the kids,” said one of the event organizers who wishes to remain anonymous because of his close ties with the Yemeni government.
“Yemen is hungry for hip-hop. When I first came here in 2003 you couldn’t find a rapper or a break dancer,” said Hagage Masaed, an American of Yemeni descent and self-described “Snoop Dogg” of Yemen who has been a centerpiece of hip-hop’s growth in the country.
“All the problems youth are facing in Yemen – there’s no work – this a way for them to release. It’s an outlet,” he said before the start of the show.
Masta Ace & EDO G have a video for their song “Little Young.” I like the gimmicky song about Rappers and little things even if it is a little corny.
Here is Skyzoo’s lead single Popularity off his new album The Salvation:
I was in Russia at a Trade show after party and I heard the original version of Pitbull’s Hotel Room Service play and it felt so American. It was a nice change from the bad taste in techno that Russians seem to have.
Normally however I’m not the biggest fan of club music.
Here is the latest in Shaun Boothe’s series of unauthorized biographies. This time Sean Diddy Combs, gets the treatment:
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Here is a video of Blue Scholars for “HI-808″ rapping about Hawaii.
Goodie Mob is reuniting according to Cee-Lo Green.
Here’s a rap video about Ending The Fed probably from a Ron Paul fan:
It’s not great but it sounds better than the corny music played at the 9/12 Tea Party in D.C.
Joel Ortiz has a new video called Food For Thought and sponsored by nahright.com. Joel Ortiz basically does a version of Common’s “I used to love H.E.R.”
Here is Lonely Island’s On A Boat song mixed with Bert and Ernie on a boat:
Hat Tip Andrew Moylan
I found this video of Nas being interviewed by eccentric Canadian host Narduwar.
Narduwar interviews are always highly entertaining.
African immigrants seemed to be the source for a lot of great hip-music. Both Wale and K’Naan have recently released great material but the latest artist to continue in this trend is a rapper by the name of Blitz The Ambassador. Blitz the Ambassador is originally born and raised in Ghana but now hails from Brooklyn.
Blitz the Ambassador brings a unique sound backed by a horn based band. Below are some samples of his recent work:
Here is the Trailer off his recent album:
A group called the Brown Bag Allstars have a new song out called All I Do. Brown Bag Allstars features Audible Doctor, J57(formerly JLOG1C), KONCEPT, Soul Khan, DJ GOO Punch, E Holla, Deejay Elemen who I think are from New York. The track features a sample from Friends Of Distinction covering the Beatle’s “And I Love Her.” Link via The Smoking Section
The best thing about the Jimmy Fallon Show is the Roots. The latest example of this is Mos Def performing the song “Casa Bey” with the Roots“Casa Bey” is off of Mos Def’s New album The Ecstatic.
Link via HipHop Flavas Blog
Former Bad Boy rapper Loon has converted to Islam and is taking it somewhat seriously..In the interview below, Loon is interviewed about his conversion to Islam.
B-Real and Damian Jr Gong Marley have a video out for a song they did together called Fire. The song is off the album off of B-Real’s Smoke N Mirrors albums.