Rae Spoon covers Whitney Houston’s “I want to dance with somebody”

Hmm… perfect tribute.



(Weekly Highlight) The Narcicyst – Fly Over Egypt

picture via mujaz.me

Heart beating for Egypt, listening/watching to Narcy spit it like blood flow, over a landscape of our beautiful people.

Masr, Ta7rir, Jan.25, 1year.

Download free over at soundcloud


It’s ouuuut. Featuring the late Bad News Brown and khayo The Narcicyst, among other dope emcees – all mixed by DJ JBillz.  Download the whole mixtape over at escapemtl.

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Artists Against Apartheid XVI in Montreal (Thursday, June 9th!)

I cannot wait for this show, featuring Shadia Mansour, Samian, the Narcicyst and Dj Andy Williams on decks.

8pm, La Sala Rosa, Montreal. check out the event page here

If you don’t know these artists, check them out below:

Shadia Mansour:

As authentic as the heavily-embroidered thawb she wears during her
performances, British-born Palestinian Shadia Mansour has independently
become one of the leading female Arabic MCs worldwide. Her natural and
flawless ability to switch between rapping and singing is rapidly becoming
a cultural phenomenon. Shadia delivers her taunting voice, both mournful
and mesmerizing, over Arabic phrases of loss, longing, struggle and life.


Algonquin hip-hop artist Samian raps about the realities of life on First Nations reserves in Quebec and has a growing following on reserves and in Quebec’s cities, also striking a chord in hip-hop communities everywhere. Samian raps on indigenous people in Quebec, whose chart-topping hit La Paix des Braves, a duet with Quebec hip-hop crew Loco Locass, appeals for solidarity between Québécois and indigenous people. Having recently collaborated with Sans Pression on Premières nations, his socially conscious lyrics and commitment to justice have helped cement his role as a key voice in the Montreal contemporary hip-hop scene. Samian is a signatory of the Artists Against Israeli Apartheid declaration issued to the public in the winter of 2010 in support of the global movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Israeli apartheid.

The Narcicyst:

Yassin Alsalman, the celebrated Iraqi MC known as The Narcicyst, mixes unique beats with smart, socially-conscious lyrics, weaving a complex narrative that spans the Arab and Western world. Alsalman is originally from Basra, Iraq, was raised in Dubai and is now living in Montreal. The Narcicyst’s recently released self-titled studio album, is catching attention around the globe. P.H.A.T.W.A., the album’s first single, was accompanied by a flashy music video which chronicles Alsalman’s experience with a post-9/11 U.S. border interrogation when he attempted to travel to New York City for a concert. Additionally “Hamdulillah” a collaboration with Shadia Mansour was launched between cities around the world and widely celebrated. In the past month Alsalman released “#Jan25” a tribute to the uprising in Egypt with hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, the track was distributed widely on-line and was featured on Al Jazeera. Alsalman has shared the stage with hip-hop luminaries such as Talib Kweli, Kanye West, A-Trak and Dead Prez and his work has been covered widely in the press both in North America and the Middle East.

DJ Andy Williams:

DJ Andy Williams is highly-respected deejay and radio host in Montreal with a growing international recognition, spinning regularly in Europe and the Caribbean. Andy’s collaborations with various deejays and musicians reaches to and from many sources globally: Andy has had the opportunity to grace the turntables with many underground music-makers & curatorial peers who have the utmost respect for obscure rarities in dancefloor tracks. It wasn’t easy at first playing mediums of ethnic backgrounds such as Cumbia Paseito, Mento, Avant-Garde Jazz, Funk and hard hitting Electro sounds in North America and Europe, but it’s nothing new to intelligent avid listeners since the mid-century. 

The Narcicyst – Brass + ‘The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe’

New video by The Narcicyst, ‘Brass’:

Note: the lyrics are in the description section underneath the video on youtube.

Also, khayo just released a book called ‘The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe’. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet but here’s the promo video:

The book features writing by Suheir Hammad, Omar Offendum, and others, and apparently it is limited edition. You can buy it here: http://iraqisthebomb.com/

You can also download the corresponding album for free on the website. It’s downloading right now on my computer…

I have much respect for The Narcicyst for his creative and subversive ways of rising up and telling it how it is.