Reprinted with permission from author/editor Jackson Allers of World Hip Hop Market.
Cairo’s MC Amin playing to the crowd for the “Voice of the Streets” event (Lens ©Laith Majali/Immortal Entertainment)
CAIRO – Last November, 12 of the re*gion’s best-known Arab rappers were set to per*form together at a public youth center in the swanky central Cairo district of Zamalek. Or*ganizers billed Voice of the Streets as a concert to re*mind people about “the contin*ued struggle for freedom of ex*pression in the wake of the Arab uprisings.” Indeed, it was an Arab hip-hop event without precedent.
Unlikely rap torchbearer, Tunisia’s MC El Général whose song Rayess Labled (Head of State) was a musical anthem for the uprisings,