Here are two cool clips featuring some of Israel’s dopest MCs ripping it at the IDC 106.2FM radio studio in Hertzlyia. DJ Lil’ Or is on the 1′s&2′s. Produced By Tomer Gershenman and Yehonatan Yehudai. Enjoy!
“When one thinks of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from
its long history through the present, hip-hop is not usually the
first thing to come to mind. However, if one studies hip-hop in
the state of Israel, one will find that it is inextricably linked to the
conflict there. Although its history is brief, hip-hop in Israel is
often political, including music by both Jewish and Arab artists.
These artists use their music to express their opinion about the
conflict, to define group identity, and to help the opposing side
understand their point of view. Because hip-hop has always been
linked to the conflict, it is reasonable to ask if hip-hop could thus
also be part of a solution to the conflict. Is it possible for Jewish
and Arab artists to come together through hip-hop to find
common ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?”………….
Hip Hop is a global phenomenon, and its feminine voice is exposing new frontiers of creativity. Rooted in the five elements, Hip Hop has grown to nurture socio-spiritual growth and community development worldwide. As further evidence of this, World Hip Hop Market, N.Y label Nomadic Wax and Detroit’s DJ LaJedi have joined forces with artists from over 15 nations – from the U.S to Chile, from Zimbabwe to Egypt and beyond – to release World Hip Hop Women: From The Sound Up. Listen/Download here.
Israeli-Arab (self proclaimed “Palestinian”) indie musician Jowan Safadi was born in Nazareth. He was the leader of alternative band Lenses. Jowan was detained on December 1st 2012 at the Police department of “Abdali” in Amman. He is accused of “insulting religion” during his concert last Wednesday in Amman. Read more here.
The Brooklyn Ink has posted an in-depth oral history of the now-defunct JDub Records, arguably the most influential Jewish record label in recent history. JDub‘s artist roster included acts such as Matisyahu, Balkan Beat Box, Sagol 59, SoCalled, Golem, Soulico, Gangsta Rabbi, The Sway Machinery, Girls In Trouble, DeLeon and many more.
D.A.M is possibly the most well-known Palestinian rap group around today. In their new song, “If I Could Go Back In Time” (Law arja bil zaman) featuring female singer Amal Murkus, they address the killing of Arab women by their relatives, often justified on the basis of “family honor”.
If you want to get acquainted with some current, as well as old-school, Israeli Hip Hop, you need to go no further than the Main Street Bandcamp page run by the industrious Or Amit and download classic compilations such as “Nervous Israelis”, “Mic To The Maximum” as well as The Sagol 59 Remix Album, Produx and Kashi’s debut albums, albums by Kele 6, Ortega, Chulu, Taboo Plus, The Tribe and many many more. Most of the albums are offered as free downloads and all of them are presented with the artists’ consent and full cooperation. Enjoy!