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Jordan rappers take the mic

It’s young, it’s hip, and it’s in Arabic. Yes, the Arab world has recently found a voice beyond romantic crooning and patriotic yelling. Hip hop or rap, historically the sound coming from the ghettos, has been discovered in the past ten years by youngsters anxious for self-expression.

Personally, I am not much a fan of hip-hop and rap, so I’m not very familiar with its musician, especially not the young aspiring locals. So when Mike Al-Naji emailed me wondering why I never mentioned local rap talents on And Far Away, I asked him to write a little post about this, which I am going to share here:

Focusing The Spotlight On The Hip-Hop/Rap Movement
By Mike Al-Naji

“It started first as a hobby,” says local Jordanian rapper, MC Micro, “something I like to do and a way I could express myself, my thoughts, and my feelings”. He first started writing lyrics, and then started recording his music at home and sharing it with friends. Now, he has weekly performances at local coffee shops and has plans for releasing his first mixtape in late 2010. He is also currently working on what he says is a new, exciting project that aims to support all local musical talents.

MC Micro Daydreaming While On Stage
Photo taken by Mais Mhaidat

“I rap about things that everyone goes through everyday,” he continues. “I just sit back, relax say what I want to say, and don’t care how it comes out as long as I’m expressing myself. “I didn’t think I was ever going to take it to this level, I never realized how much people actually liked rap and hip hop. Our youth is actually affected by this genre of music, and people liked what I produced, so it was a circle of forwarding and sending!”

Another local rapper, MC Puck, agrees “The hip hop scene in Jordan is still growing, and luckily, people have started to like it more in the past two years, but still, it needs some time to get to a level where most of the youth actively listen to it.”

Ahmad Al-Khaldi, better known as MC Puck, started writing and rapping in 2000. He later started a band called “Abaddons”. Looking to increase his skill, he took piano lessons and learned how to compose and produce music, after which he met Dan Drill started a project called “Sharq Music”.

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“A lot of people say that we imitate the west, but actually music has no limits, if you hear most of my tracks, I try to combine Arabic melodies with hip hop loops to represent the Arabic mentality in music. Also, hip hop started as a way to say what you feel, what you suffer, and tell people more about the life you’re living, so actually we took this genre of music and changed it to what serves our needs, and oh yeah, I never hear people say that Amr Diab or Tamer Hosni for example imitate the west, which if we want to agree on this theory, they do, so it’s just music!”

MC Puck mixtape should be released in 2010, and he is currently working with Iraqi producer E-Qube on two tracks for his album.

For more information:

MC Micro’s Facebook page
MC Micro’s MySpace
MC Puck’s Facebook page
MC Puck’s MySpace

Related on And Far Away:
A night with DAM
Harakat: Hip-Hop in Amman
Otboking Music

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11 Comments

  1. Wissam

    Hey,
    Im new to the blogging community but this particular post got my interest especially because im really into this type of music and saw the link by a friend.

    Most of the MCs in Amman are great especially Micro who i know in person!
    I just wanna tell him keep it going and im supporting you till the end brother!

  2. Ali

    These guys are doing a awesome job, They deserve all the attention they can get.

    But what makes me sad is that RAP&HIP HOP are getting all the recognition from the jordanian society while Rock/Metal fans are being criticized and misunderstood.

    Adding to all the rappers in jordan, There is almost twice as there number rock/metal bands and fans, They have so much talent but no one is noticing them.

    Just watch this video
    http://aramram.com/episode/148

    Or read this post in my blog
    http://alialhasani.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/me-on-aramram-com/

    I have been following your blog since a long time, And i ask you as a fan of your posts to give this subject attention, Because when well known bloggers write about something, Everyone follows.

  3. It’s always refreshing to see young people utilizing alternative modes of self-expression rather than the usual stuff.

  4. ssooaa77 :)

  5. Thanks for the support everyone!

    @ Ali:
    Well, Rock in Jordan is recognized, but what you didn’t notice is that people are interested in types of music that are in arabic, that’s why arabic hip hop and arabic rock are getting exposed, you can see that by looking at Jadal or Vingo or Yazan Al Rousan.
    also, another point is that if we wanna talk about metal “as i’ve been following the metal scene for too long” wanabees that try to show off and pretend that they’re satanists are the ones who get the metal misunderstood, it is sad, but i really don’t think that there’s anything we could do unless we put an end to those posers.

  6. Sami

    MC Micro and MC Puck .. local? :)

    nice rap

  7. Thanks for the kind words and support everyone…

    I guess Puck beat me to what i was going to tell you Ali, Puck i totally agree with you i couldn’t have said it better.

    Wissam & Ruby: Thanks for the support! :)
    Samm: Sawwww7! Hehehehe
    Sami: Yeah we are local believe it or not! hehe and thanks :)

  8. interesting

  9. Ali, like I mentioned in the post, I do not really listen to either hip-hop or rap, I’m actually a rock person :) I really like the Aramram video, I hope I’ll write something about rock and metal here some day!
    If there are any concerts coming up that you think are good, please let me lnow, and I’d love to attend.

  10. I just want to take a moment and thank Roba on here for sharing this post! :)
    Roba thanks you rock!!!

  11. Yo Im bout to go out to Jordan On Wednesday Amman to be exact any rap Artist in Jordan wanna collaborate to make great Music uniting Brooklyn New York to Amman Jordan That would be ill Get Back To me..

    http://www.myspace.com/dakiddumbo91

    facebook…Chris Simon

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