May 24, 2006

RHYMING JAMES JOYCE IN HEBREW

Video for "Fight Rebel Sun" a posse-cut from the names of Israeli underground hip hop -- it's good for context. Sagol59, who anchors the second verse, is grandfather of Israeli hip-hop (he started making records in 1999, the scene is nascent) and based on everything I heard, the best MC going. Here is his myspace page. Note the song re: Old Jeruz/Tel Aviv scene beef. Quite a bit of the other hip hop I heard in Israel sounded like Sublime; reggae party fusion seems to pass as hip hop most of the time.

Also, amidst mad-googling, found this: a five-minute trailer for Slingshot a documentary about the Arab hip hop scene in Israel and Palestine.

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