Skip to comments.Hip-hop propaganda: How the U.S. enlists rap music to fight “jihadi cool”
Posted on 03/25/2014 4:09:10 PM PDT by Sheapdog
Excerpted from "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Culture"
One of the odder phenomena of the last decade is hearing national security elites, terrorism experts, and career diplomats discuss the finer points of flow, bling, and the politics of cool. American and European terrorism experts have increasingly expressed concerns over anti-American hip-hop, accenting the radicalizing influence of the genre. Noting that Al-Shabaab, the Somali-based Islamist group, uses jihad rap in its recruitment videos, Harvard scholar Jessica Stern wrote in Foreign Affairs: The first- and second-generation Muslim children I interviewed for a study of the sources of radicalization in the Netherlands seemed to think that talking about jihad was cool, in the same way that listening to gangster rap is in some youth circles. Others have advocated mobilizing certain substyles of hip-hop against jihadi cool. In Europe, hip-hop is being enlisted in a broad ideological offensive to counter domestic extremism.
As in America, some of the biggest stars on the European hiphop scene are Muslim, the children of immigrants and/or converts, a number of whom have been embroiled in controversies about freedom of expression, national identity, and extremism. Britain became the first country to deal with the issue of Muslim hate rap when, in 2004, the song Dirty Kuffar was released online by rap group Sheikh Terra and the Soul Salah Crew. The video, splicing together images from Iraq, Palestine, and Chechnya, praises Osama bin Laden and denounces Bush, Tony Blair, Ariel Sharon, Hosni Mubarak, and Saudi Arabias King Abdallah as dirty infidels. The track drew the attention of the Home Office and Labour MPs, who saw the lyrics and imagery as advocating violence.
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The people that were supported as moderate turned out to be quite extreme. Duh.
I think orcs are a higher culture than hip hop.
I’m sure a Zero Tolerance Policy would avoid this. Thanks Sheapdog.
RAP sux. Case closed.
If it isn’t a video on Youtube, it’s a rap song.