Sidi’s Rap

About a week ago I went to a concert for Malouma (from Mauritania) and Ragheb Allama (from Lebanon). The concert was pretty good. I didn’t understand a word of it, but I liked Allama a bit more than Malouma. The Arabic music is just a bit more melodic.

While I was there I chatted with a few different people. One of them was a Cameroonian who told me about how he converted to Christianity and his father disowned him and then he moved here and his father died while he was here. But, “ç’est ls vie,” he said. He then went on a little mini-tirade about the demon of Islam being poured down children’s throats when they are little and they can never be rid of it. It sounded pretty similar to stuff I’ve heard before in the States except I was hearing people bemoaning unexamined Christianity.

I sat for a while and talked music with a couple Mauritanians working security and they told me they didn’t like the Maure music. They liked rap. American rap was good, especially Busta Rhymes and Tupac. There are also some good local rappers though, both Hassaniya and Wolof. I’m going to head over to one of their houses tomorrow to listen to some stuff. I wanted to take a little present and have been putting together a rap CD out of my music collection for the last hour.

Here’s what I ended up with:

Snoop Doggy Dog What’s My Name?
Notorious B.I.G. Hypnotize
Jay-Z feat. Beyonce ’03 Bonnie & Clyde
Tupac Dear Mama
Akon & Styles P. Locked Up
Blackalicious Rock the Spot
Beastie Boys Sure Shot
Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes Don’t Cha (Remix)
Alicia Keys feat. Busta Rhymes & Rampage Fallin’ (Remix)
50 Cent feat. Olivia Candy Shop
Timbaland & Magoo feat. Fat Man Scoop Drop
Petey Pablo Freak-A-Leek
Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim Slow Motion
Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
Xzibit feat. Eminem & Nate Dogg Say My Name
DMX Party Up
Geto Boys Die Mother Fuckers
Ludacris Stand Up
MC Solaar Inch’allah
Jurassic 5 Verbal Gunfight
N.T.M. My Benz

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