January 28, 2010

Get Fisq or Die Tryin': 50 Cent in the Middle East

No doubt, the Fatwa's "got the rap game in a chokehold."  The crackdown on Hip-Hop, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, has pushed the rap community underground or overseas.  CDs are traded under pseudonyms and via anonymous online communities.  By virtue of censorship and the subversive nature of microphones, rappers in the Islamic world have inadvertently become voices for democracy and reform.   

But why do the kids-- especially in Syria, Iran, and Iraq-- love 50 Cent's "In Da Club" so much?

Iraqi kids don't give a fuck it's not your birthday:

One of the most popular rap groups in the Middle East right now is Zedbazi.  Listen to their song "Mehmooni," a Farsi version of "In Da Club"-- that is, if you into getting rubbed.

Or download the track here:  Zedbazi - Mehmooni

Y'all can't keep Fiffy out of Babylon:

1 comment:

alex said...

in 2007, i was riding on a train to the north indian city of Amritsar, sitting next to a well dressed sikh scrolling through ring tones on his cell phone. bangra, skip, bangra, skip, bollywood, skip, bangra, skip, 50 cent.. i slowly turned, we exchanged a look and i gave him a thumbs up. he smiled. it was a nice moment.