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yassin_alsalman_small Hamdullah—Music video by hip-hop artist Yassin Alsalman’s (aka “The Narcicyst”) celebrating the diverse faces of Arab culture and sharing “one common thing, which is an identity struggle.” This exhibit also includes an interview with the artist by Sharif Kouddous of The Democracy Report.
khaled_video_small Can’t Take Our Freedom—Chicago rapper M. Khaled’s music video inspired by the mounting tensions in Libya, featuring UK rapper, Lowkey.
jan_25_small #Jan 25—Video of hip-hop song released a few weeks after the uprisings in Egypt to address the real concerns of youth on the front lines of the Middle East and North Africa. A collaboration of The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaijan and Sami Matar.
el_general_tunisia_small Head of State—music video. Tunisian rapper Hamada Ben Amor (aka El General) released his rap song Head of State to address the atrocities of now-former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The song has been hailed for showing the power of Hip-Hop music to articulate frustration and to incite young people to action—but without violence or destruction.