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Rap Music Inspires Rebels To Fight Gadhafi

From the ‘homies’ at the Associated Press:

Rap music inspires Libyan rebels to defeat Gadhafi

By Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press Sun Apr 24, 2011

AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebel fighter Jaad Jumaa Hashmi cranks up the volume on his pickup truck’s stereo when he heads into battle against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

He looks for inspiration from a growing cadre of amateur rappers whose powerful songs have helped define the revolution.

The music captures the anger and frustration young Libyans feel at decades of repressive rule under Gadhafi, driving the 27-year-old Hashmi forward even though the heavy machine gun bolted on the back of his truck — and other weapons in the rebel arsenal — are no match for Gadhafi’s heavy artillery.

In many ways they sounds like some of the thoughtful ‘youths’ of our country.

"It captures the youths’ quest for freedom and a decent life and gives us motivation," Hashmi said as he sat in his truck on the outskirts of the front line city of Ajdabiya. He was listening to "Youth of the Revolution," which the rap group Music Masters wrote just days after the uprising began in mid-February.

"Moammar, get out, get out, game over! I’m a big, big soldier!" sang 20-year-old Milad Faraway, who started Music Masters with his friend and neighbor, 22-year-old Mohammed Madani, at the end of 2010.

Don’t those lyrics sound like they might have been inspired by one of Mr. Obama’ speeches on Libya?

Rather than grabbing AK-47s and heading to the front line with other rebels to fight Gadhafi’s forces, Faraway and Madani stayed in Benghazi, the de facto capital of rebel-held eastern Libya, and picked up a microphone.

"Everyone has his own way of fighting, and my weapon is art," said Faraway, a geology student, during a recent recording session in a small room on the fourth floor of an aging apartment building in downtown Benghazi…

That is heroism.

The freewheeling rap scene developing in Benghazi indicates how much has changed in eastern Libya in the past two months. Speaking out against Gadhafi before the rebellion used to mean prison and maybe even death.

And rap, like other forms of Western culture, was despised by Gadhafi, who burned foreign musical instruments and books after he seized power in 1969.

Isn’t it funny how we never heard that reported before? Our news media positively fawned over Mr. Gadhafi. Especially when he was standing up to the US.

"I always wanted to talk about Gadhafi’s mistakes and crimes, but we never had the chance for free speech," said Madani, who is the son of a famous local singer in Benghazi and works part-time in his family’s cell phone and car parts shops. "All you could talk about was how good Gadhafi’s revolution was."

Again, the similarities with our own country are striking.

Many of the songs that Music Masters and other groups have recorded in the past two months feature rapid fire lyrics reminiscent of Eminem. The lyrics ridicule Gadhafi and lambast him for his treatment of the country in the past four decades…

Roughly a dozen rap songs recorded since the start of the rebellion have been put on CDs with rebel-inspired album covers and are available for sale in downtown Benghazi. One cover has a drawing of fighters on a captured Gadhafi tank flying the rebel flag…

Al-Briki, aka "SWAT," works as a garbage man, and Winees, known as "A.Z.," is a small-time businessman. Both have the tough-guy vibe of gangsta rappers and expressed admiration for Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996.

"He’s a real rapper. He’s a thug," Winees said

What a testimony to the uplifting power of Western Civilization.

By the way, how long do you think rap music will be permitted in Libya once ‘the clerics’ take over?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, April 24th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Rap Music Inspires Rebels To Fight Gadhafi”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Inspires? maybe the headline writer meant “Rap Drives Rebels Into Killing Frenzy”

    Sure looks that way throughout America’s inner cities.

    Thank you, David Geffen.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Their latest hits, “Get Yo Funky Ass Out, Moammar” & “Big Booty Burka Bitch” on the Funky Camel label.

  3. proreason says:

    I’m all for sending all of our rappers over to Libya to help with that humanitarian cause.

    If nothing else, the law requiring 4 witnesses to convict for rape ought to appeal to our american rapper freedom fighters.

    • canary says:

      And who replaced sleazy Glee at the White House Easter Sunday?
      A prodigy of Jay Z; Willow Smith rapped her new hit “Whip My Hair”‘s No black stars or black cars can whip it as hard as this little’s star says she can. Lyrics for “those haters” (doesn’t define “haters”). She say iam gonna whip it hard and grind. Party.
      A 10 year old girl with Jay Z mentor and business mgr. whipping her career. Hasn’t anyone learned from Britney Spears legacy as a roll model.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    “By the way, how long do you think rap music will be permitted in Libya once ‘the clerics’ take over?”

    Yes, I seem to remember Al Qaeda insurgents coming up with a few rap songs to celebrate the destruction of the WTC. I suspect that violence suits them and thus this one instance of music will be considered halal.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Don’t know about ya’ll but when that crap gets’ played it makes me want to ‘whack’ someone over the head with a cast iron skillet until the noise stops.
    But hey…….that’s just me.
    Rap ain’t music in any way, shape or form.

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