Thursday, November 11, 2004

FrontPage :: Jihadi Rap by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FrontPage :: Jihadi Rap by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross:

"Expressions of jihadist sentiments and Islamist-style paranoia cross religious lines in the world of hip-hop. Many conservatives have previously expressed worries about a possible convergence of interests between the far left and radical Islam. Regardless of the degree to which this phenomenon generally is occurring today, we can see a clear example of it in the hip-hop world. Far-left rap outfit The Coup famously had to change the cover artwork on its album Party Music after the September 11 attacks, because the original artwork (planned prior to the terrorist attacks) featured frontman Boots Riley and sidekick Pam the Funktress partying in front of an exploding World Trade Center, with Riley holding a detonator. Although the band allowed its record label to change the cover art, The Coup�s far-left outlook never wavered. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, Boots Riley commented, �What I want to do is tell you that the blood that happened on [September 11] is on the hands of the U.S. government.�


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