Recently at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX I attended a discussion on Islam and Hip Hop at the Austin Convention Center. May Al Hassen, one of the panelists, mentioned the importance of the 5% and the Nation of Islam and its implication on the lyricism of true hip hop artists of past & present.
Transnational Beats: Muslim Americans and Hip Hop
Islam impacts American culture in profound ways. Cultivating identity and political progression and reform, Hip Hop is, arguably, an integral force in the American Muslim identity. Non-Black American Muslims from immigrant communities have appropriated the Black American experience, and Hip Hop has proven to be a transnational form of cultural communication. Explore the relationship between Islam and Hip Hop in America.
As informative as the lecture was, the whole time I was thinking I want to hear something on the evolution of Hip Hop all over Arab speaking nations. It must be studied. The style is distinctively different notably with the references to both the East & the West. This MC exemplifies my point on this track.
Here’s to making me think it’s about time for another Amman trip…