Update, here is the music video from which the pictures were taken...Darine looks a bit different in this clip, but her voice, style and child like playfulness remains unchanged.
Iraqi Born Detroit raised rapper ToNe has just released the music video to the song “Want To Be A Rapper” the song tells of all the struggles ToNe goes through trying to make it in the music industry and also sheds light on the fact that everyone and their mother wants to be a rapper these days.
On coming up with the song “Want To Be A Rapper” ToNe says
“Just seeing thousands of people on My Space that are rapping but aren’t very good brought it to my attention that everyone thinks they can be a rapper, I was also watching a few reality shows at the time on TV about rappers trying to make it and of coarse most of them had no talent, it made me want to make a song about everyone that was trying to rap, no disrespect to anyone that’s actually good and making music but just to the people that should remain Hip-Hop fans”
Here’s the much anticipated music video for your enjoyment
ToNe and his family moved to Detroit, MI in 1991 barely escaping the gulf war alive, ToNe was only 4 years old at the time, he started rapping at the age of 13 and since then has created quite a buzz working with artists like Young Noble, Sean Kingston and also opening up for artists like Trick-Trick, Kevin Lyttle, and more!
The music video starts with an opening scene with a music executive looking for the next big and along comes charming ToNe with his demo. I do like his use of a demo tape, I thought that was funny and good. I Loved it when ToNe told the music producer “That’s all I can afford right now”. Hope to see ToNe on the cover of Complex Magazine one day becasue he is one hip rapper.
Shot in Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Jeddah, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, London, Sydney, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dubai—with some notable faces from the Muslim global community (let’s see how many you can spot)—multi-media visual artist (that’s the most general label I could get construct to include such talents as photography, film-making, editing and graphic design under one umbrella) Ridwan Adhami produces this ocularly stunning music video (I mean it doesn’t hurt that we do have some mighty fine lookers in the community) for Iraqi-Canadian artist the the Narcicyst’s “Hamdulillah” featuring Pali-Brit, best known as “The first lady of arabic hip hop,” Shadia Mansour. The song is a latest single of his new release “The Narcicyst” LP.
This year two albums were released in time for Ramadan and both were solid hits. Wael Jassar released a Roba’yeat Fi Hob Allah رباعيات في حب الله(poems in God’s love) selling more than 50,000 copies in Egypt alone. Alhkaya Almohamadyah الحكاية المحمدية (Mohammad Stories) by popular and quite capable Egyptian singer Angham sold an estimated 30,000 copies of her religious album that celebrate the women of Islam and their stories. To know how popular those albums, I headed to most popular the illegal sharing sites to find out how many many times have the albums been downloaded and I was shocked. Roba’yeat Fi Hob Allah was downloaded 207,000 times, Alhkaya Almohamadyah was downloaded 36,000 times. I mean this is funny people steal music that is supposed to make them better people, irony it’s.
On another notes, both albums have a high production value, both have amazing lyrics and both are timely. Of course you do not expect to have a music videos for any of those songs, but there are plenty of do gooders who make slid shows out of those songs.
As someone who follows Arabic music, those two albums are a new milestone where Arab pop stars who are on the A list release entire albums with religious themes that are both well thought and quite meaningful. Of course we still have a number of other singers who releases singles to celebrate Ramadan. Needless to say some are good, others are meh. But this Ramadan the Arab viewer had a lot of choices both on TV Drama and comedy as you know everyone in the Arab world with extra cash starts a TV station. I hope this will also mean making better entertainment. While we wait for Muslim Rock stars, we have Christian rock to use as a model where despite setbacks in music market, such style remains relevant in our day.