Tuesday, February 28, 2006

It Was Only A Matter Of Time...

I'm not sure how many people outside of the UK know about Abu Hamza, your respective media outlets probably have their own domestic demons to report about but in the UK the hooked cleric has become as close to public enemy number one as is possible.

He's basically an extremist trying to claim Islam as the foundation of his hate, you know like Bin Laden, except... Abu has a hook! (Sorry it makes me think that I'm trapped in a Bond movie whenever I see it mentioned.)

He's been blamed for everything in the tabloids, welfare fraud, plotting terrorist attacks, having Bin Laden round his house for tea and crumpets...

In all fairness he's a little nuts.

Anyway my point was it was only a matter of time until Hip-Hop was dragged into this witch hunt. The Sun (the biggest selling daily paper in the UK) have un-surprisingly linked the two 'evils'.

'Hook's son is MC Hamza'

Reads the headline (shockingly un-pun filled) to an article about Abu's son being an MC who they claim has performed at the Wembley Arena and also Oxford University...

Yeah that'll be the same University that banned KRS ONE from speaking on campus, so you know they're going to jump at the chance to let a convicted terrorist perform aren't they?

As with most of what is published within the pages of the Sun this story's validity is suspect but even if it is correct, what's the problem?

Do they honestly think he's going to become the next Eminem and sell millions of records the world over?

They quote one of his tracks...

'I was born to be a soldier, Kalashnikov in my shoulder, peace to Hamas and Hezbollah, that'’s the way of the lord Allah . . . we'’re Jihad through, defend my religion with the holy sword.'

I can't see many MC's feeling threatened by his lyrical prowess.

I also can't see many people being all that interested in a MC with the image of an Islamic Terrorist. I know shock tactics sell but somehow I think that might just push that idea beyond its limits.

The story itself is perfect for the Sun, it kills two birds with one stone. It brings the demon hook back into the public eye and it demonises Hip-Hop, which as we all know is going to be the downfall of civilised society.

In some what related news, Eminem is apparently the music of choice when torturing people at Guantanamo Bay.

That's either the US Government trying to indoctrinate alleged terrorists into the ways of using Hip-Hop as a medium to spread their message and therefore another way for Bush and his ilk to attack Hip-Hop or it's a damning indictment on the irritability of Marshall's music. I think it's more than likely the latter but come to your own conclusion...

Some music to round off the post...

Ghostface & MF Doom - Angeles - From a new Nature Sounds compliation and it's claimed it's from the upcoming collab album.

Six-Two - Weed & Snortin - Don't know much about this other than it's supposed to be produced by Dre and I've been told to stop singing the hook...

AWOL ONE (Feat. 2Mex & KRS ONE) - Underground Killz - From AWOL ONE's new album 'The War Of Art'.

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