Egyptian protesters rock to rebel rap
Arabian Knightz tune calls for a revolution
An Egyptian rap group's latest song is fast becoming a big hit among the protesters seeking to bring down President Hosni Mubarak.
Arabian Knightz, from Cairo-based MCs Amin, Sphinx and Rush, released , Rebel, the first tune out of that country since the chaos began.
The song was composed before the uprising, and the Egyptian government had already warned the hip hop trio not to release the song because it calls for an internal revolution.
Soon after the protests began in Egypt, the government imposed an internet blackout. When it was lifted this week, Arabian Knightz released the song online on the Middle East tunes website, which promotes several genres of music from the region.
Many people demonstrating in the streets have been listening to the song, produced by Iron Curtain, the man behind Lauren Hill's albums. In fact, Rebel samples several of the American singer's tunes.
Sung in Arabic, Rebel's lyrics have resonated with the protesters:
They killed us, slaughtered us, put us behind bars/ Tortured us, robbed us, scarred us, terrorized us and ignored us/ But the Egyptian people won't die.They will conquer/ My country is your country/ My money, your money/ And enslaving us must end.
"The lyrics say we're not going to take it any more," Sphinx, 29, told gulfnews.com from Los Angeles. The rapper fled the country Friday to join his family in California.
"It's a song about the cries of people, which are long overdue being heard," he said. "We want the words to echo all over the world. It's been difficult to release songs with this type of content until now. We've all been threatened before."