20 November 2012

Another Arab Hip-Hop Website

You all should know by now that I'm interested in Arab and Arab Diaspora Hip-Hop, both personally and professionally.  I wish that I had the time and the physical and linguistic access to find new and exciting hip-hop for you all, but alas, such is the life of a grad student.

For now, if you are interested in learning more, please check out this great introductory guide posted on awl.com:

An Intro To Rebel Hip-Hop Of The Arab Revolutions

It even includes a new version of a video by one of my favorites (and my new Facebook friend!) Soultana!

1 comment:

Grandpa Crunk said...

Hey there,
This is Grandpa Crunk. I just released a Arab-Hip-Hop-house track called Alhamdulillah Dubai. The file is attached.

http://soundcloud.com/grandpacrunk/alhamdulillah-dubai-grandpa

DJ Seko "Grandpa Crunk" Varner
seko@positivevibes.net

'Grandpa Crunk' returns with an original banger with long-time emcee DJ Fulo. Fulo from Spanish speaking Panama delivers a chant style sing-songly delivery of the Arabic/English phrases he heard frequently as he lived and taught English and Spanish in Dubai. Backed with production and direction from Grandpa Crunk, Fulo rides a solid mixture mish-mash-up of Jazz, Soca, Merengue, Bass Hip-Hop, Dub House, and Urban House with a splash of the Afro-Orient giving the track an interesting Eastern yet Western feel - re-creating Fulo's description of the music in Dubai clubs such as Copacabana, Boudoir, Zinc, Kasbar, Vu's Bar, African Star, Bollywood, and Garage Club. In doing so Grandpa Crunk created a flava' distinct enough for play from taste making Mad Decent "citizen of the world" DJs such as Uproot Andy, DJ Vamanos, and Chief Boima.

Alhamdulillah literally means 'Glory to God' and is used by Arabic speakers of all faiths. Fulo created the chant used in the song after the experience of hearing folks in Dubai state "Alhamdulillah" commonly as well as in religiously. The chant also incorporates other commonly used phrases heard in Dubai.