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Best of Global Hip Hop 2013

March 9, 2014 | Comments

Sorting through hundreds of global hip hop releases of any given year is an arduous task. You want to be thorough, and always ask, did I miss something? Most definitely, I am sure there is...

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This weekend marks the second large scale hip hop festival in Tunis, Tunisia, L’Angar Festival. Yesterday, the organizers sent our word that two of their arts were denied into the country. Here is their release:...

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It is a cold, rainy night in Lebanon in January, but at the infamous Radio Beirut, Nasser ‘Chyno’ Shorbaji is building the hype, rapping seamlessly in Arabic and English.  His stage presence is electrifying and...

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World Hip Hop Market (WHHM) presents the On the Real Interview Series! Episode 01 is with Syrian-American producer dub Snakkr – founder of the San Francisco-based record label Stronghold Sound. The interview was conducted by WHHM Managing Editor...

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Global Hip Hop Best of 2012

February 7, 2013 | Comments

We were so busy updating the site in January that we slipped on our annual report of the best international hip hop albums of 2012. Well, wait no more! We scoured over 200 released from...

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Some of the most exciting hip hop is coming out of the Arab world right now. Egypt based Arabian Knightz has brought together 30 (!) Arab MCs is one massive posse cut, “Unkighted States of...

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At long last, Egypt’s most prominent hip-hop group, Arabian Knightz, released its debut LP, Uknighted State of Arabia. After multiple pushbacks, censorship delays, threatening calls, trailers, promos and perseverance, the rap crew and its extensive...

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El Rass – Lebanese MC ‘Unveils the Hidden’

September 24, 2012 | Comments

In a sea of otherwise unappetizing pop-market Arabic musical fare, the alternative music scene in Lebanon has produced yet another artistic gem, this time with a collaboration that straddles the highly progressive but insular experimental...

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There are those who equate graffiti with vandalism. For straight-laced listeners, hip-hop that’s critical of Lebanon’s sectarian system and state policies generally is the musical equivalent of vandalism. So it may seem paradoxical that a...

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BEIRUT — In the aftermath of the killings of 108 people in the Syrian town of Houla, most of them women and children, Arab artists are starting to produce art to reflect on the massacre...

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