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How Phat Conquered Palestine

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Public Enemy frontman Chuck D once called hip-hop the CNN of urban youth. More recently, rap mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons called it a “worldwide cultural phenomena that transcends race.” So it is fitting that hip-hop has found a new home in one of the world’s most volatile regions: the Middle East.

Leading the movement is a Palestine trio of lyricists who call themselves DAM, a triple-loaded name: an acronym for ‘Da Arabian MCs, the Arabic for “blood” and the Hebrew for “eternity.” The group doesn’t do the formula, commercialized rap music that gets a lot of radio play; instead DAM is a vanguard for a politically charged subgenre of rap that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1691246,00.html
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Written by Madison J. Gray

July 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Posted in TIME.com

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