Libyan-American hip-hop artist Khaled M is celebrating the news that rebel forces have entered Tripoli with new music. For a few months, the rapper has been recording his first music video, an upbeat song titled “Lights Out.” But he decided that it wasn’t appropriate to release feel-good music until Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi was out of power.
“Hopefully we’ll put this out in two weeks, when he’s really gone” said Khaled.
Khaled was raised in the Libyan dissident community based in
A short while back Sneakas and some of the Tug of War team joined The Hip Hop Sulha at SOBs. Our next Sulha will feature Ragtop, Yuri Lane, Y-Love and Diwon and takes place in Boulder, Colorado. Look out for the next one which will hopefully feature the Tug of War team again. For now, ch-ch-ch-eck out Mazzi and Sneakas, first official video and single, featuring legendry rapper MC Serch (of 3rd Bass). !
Electro Morocco, a New York-based band of Israeli expatriates, who mix everything from retro-rock and Middle Eastern folk, to warped electro have just put together Volume one of their “ROCKRAGA” mixtape series. The series, like their music is packed with off-beat world rhythms and layered with organic guitars and synthetic beats. Sebastian,Diplo & Switch’s Major Lazer, Balkan Beat Box, Daft Punk, and Electro Morocco’s own tracks make the cut. Click below to download and bump the new sound of NY’s Electro Raga.
It’s been going down in Israel for a while now. It was the inspiration behind the Hip Hop Sulha. Bring all races and religions together on one mic. Let the divisions get washed away by the common man and MCs love for music. Well, Shemspeed teamed up with CP in Israel this Chanukah to throw a big Hip Hop Open Mic, this amongst the 3 Chanuka Shemspeed shows, was an amazing follow up to the Launch in J-Town!
oh yea, it was Featuring: DJ Meth-A-Morph, DJ Caress, DJ Markey Funk
Sagol 59, Rebel Sun, Funati Hassid, Mark The Black Russian, Empress Eyesis, Crazy Dog (Da 12 Year Old M.C), Ori Murray and THE CROWD
We have been meaning to get down with Sneakas for a while, but our paths hadn’t crossed till the I-Jam/Shemspeed Rap Fest where he was one of the many performers who rocked it after the Israel Day Parade. We heard a little bit about his new rap duo with Mazzi called The Most Hated, which basically combines him (a Jewish MC) and Mazzi (A Muslim MC) on a slew of tracks which use rhymes to explore and voice their point of views. The interesting and unique thing about the duo is that unlike other unity MCs that will often hold in their real beliefs and focus on some of the more subtle light commonalities between the two artists, they focus on the differences and voice them while respecting each other. We took special interest in this because it fits in with our Hip Hop Sulha series that we have done all over the world. The series focuses on bringing together Artists from Jewish and Muslim backgrounds and giving them a safe place to perform their art and learn from one another while the audience does the same. The proceeds from the concerts are always donated to organizations that foster Israeli and Palestinian coexistence initiatives through arts and sciences. The Most Hated Artists are about to begin a similar tour joined by the Hebrew Mamita and sponsored by MC Serch. Check back at Shemspeed’s events page for the Tug of War/Hip Hop SUlha NYC show!