” Hamduillah” & an artist like The Narcicyst seem to be right in time as we debate the very thin line between what is considered protecting sacred ground & hatred toward those who choose to practice the religion of Islam in a city that is known to be the capital of the world, in the fact that all are welcomed & represented here. It seems right on time as we debate legacy & freedom in the fine line between protecting global African culture in minimizing/eliminating the takeover of the current state of vulture culturalism verses recognizing our global fusions in accepting ALL as one ancestral Africa, welcomed to feed on the culture irresepctive of color, creed or religion. The idea of culture regardless of the heathens, hypocrites and vultures who may prey on culture is in its global fusion in sharing & evolving in acceptance & respect.Vultures rarely kill prey, they depend on the leftovers from the mighty lion for their food. Culture vultures are those who do not pay homage or give due recognition & praise to the roots of the culture by which they feed.
Much props to the beautiful voice of Shadia Mansour which beautifully soothes as the calm before the storm of the thought provoking lyrical stylings of the Narciyst.This song, video & artists represent a globally local expansion of Hip-Hop that is truly world/global music in its best unified form, paying homage in respect of its global culture. THE FUTURE OF HIP-HOP IS GLOBAL & POWERFUL IN NUMBERS!
Get to know The Narcicyst
Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name The Narcicyst (or Narcy), is an Iraqi hip hop performer. Originating from Basra, he was born and raised in Dubai. Now living in Montreal, Canada, he has experienced both the Western world and the Arab world. He was frontman to hip hop band Euphrates, but is now going solo after the loss of one of the band members…..Rapping in both Iraqi Arabic and English, his complex lyrics address some of the most politically charged issues of our time, including the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq, Islamophobia and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. He has also done shows in Spain, United States, Canada and the Middle East. One of his songs, “Commodore 64″, was a club hit on the East Coast of North America. READ MORE
America should never forget what it stands for within its borders & the example it represents outside of its shores.
The Statue of Liberty Plaque Inscription:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Alhamdulillah or Elhamdulillah (الحمد لله) is an Arabic phrase meaning “Praise to God” or “All praise is due to Allah,” similar to the Hebrew phrase Halelu Yah (Hallelujah). In everyday speech it simply means “Thank God!” It is used by Arabic-speakers of all religions, but more frequently by Muslims due to the centrality of this specific phrase within the texts of the Qur’an and the words of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, its meanings and in-depth explanation have been the subject of much exegesis and explanation. The phrase has three basic parts:
Al – The
Hamd-u – meaning the “feeling of gratitude”, as opposed to Shokr, “words of gratitude”.
Li ‘llah – preposition + noun Allah. Li is a preposition meaning, for, belonging to, etc. The word “Allah” is said to be derived from ilah — the Arabic word for God. READ MORE