Read: ‘Beats, Not Bombs – Hip Hop and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict’

“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?”………….

Recommended reading: this thesis by Karin Heim of Northeastern University.

Tamer Naffar & Sagol 59

Tamer Naffar & Sagol 59

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New music from Saz

Corner Prophets alumnus Saz is back with a brand new track, “Wedding.” Check it out here!

You can keep up with the latest from Saz on his Facebook page, here.

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New Mixtape: World Hip Hop Women

SultanaHip 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.

Full artist info here.

 

Sultana (Morocco)

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Cool new Israeli Hip Hop podcast

 

Round Trip Radio is a podcast about Israeli Independent Music. The current episode is all about Israeli Hip Hop.

Listen/Download and enjoy 45 minutes of brand new Israeli Rap and Funk.

 

Artists featured:

Cohenbeats
Sagol 59 (ft. Kool G Rap)
Ori Shochat
Botanika
Polar Pair
Coolooloosh
Lucille
The Lost Astronauts

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Musician/Singer Jowan Safadi Detained by Jordanian Police

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.

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Influential Jewish record label documented in new article

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.

Click Here to read.

 

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Palestinian rap crew’s new track condemns killing of Arab women

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”.

The track is taken from D.A.M’s new album “Dabke On The Moon”.  Click here to watch the video (includes English translation)

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Get dozens of classic Israeli Hip Hop albums as free, legal downloads

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!

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Corner Prophets co-founders collaborate in new music video, shot in N.Y

Watch Israeli M.C Sagol 59’s dope new video for “Earth, Wind & Ca$h” (Cohen Remix), directed by Daniel “Mobius” Sieradski, shot in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Israeli rapper collaborates with Hip Hop legend Kool G Rap

Israeli rapper and Corner Prophets co-founder Sagol 59 has released “Westerns”, a collaboration with influential, legendary M.C Kool G Rap. Another Corner Prophet affiliate, Rebel Sun, joins Sagol on the remix version. Both tracks were produced by Israeli beatmaker extraordinaire Ori Shochat. Listen/download for free here.

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