Algerian hip hop

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Algerian hip hop music, as a genre, includes the hip hop music of both native Algerians and Algerians abroad. Algerians living abroad have contributed much to this genre,[1] especially in France, where they are also considered part of the French hip hop scene. Some of these Algerians have become prominent. Algeria also has a hip hop scene, which, while less well-known internationally, is among the most developed in Africa and the Arab world.

Algerian rap began in October 1988.[citation needed] On October 5 of that year thousands of schoolchildren and young adults rose up to fight against rising food prices and neglect of the education system. Some were killed by the Army. It was at this time that many current artists began writing their raps.[2] Youcef of the group Intik began writing "about the system, the government, because the more that you asked questions, the more you discovered... And as soon as you begin to reflect, you begin to have answers."[3] Algerian rap speaks about the reality of day-to-day life torn by "political injustice, terror, and war", its goal being to give hope to the younger generation.[2]

The Algerian crew MBS, founded in the late 1980s is considered the most popular Algerian hip hop group. Another group is Intik, which mixes different type of music and languages.

Recently, a new generation of rappers appeared to refresh the Algerian rap; rappers as Zed-k and L'anonyme, MC Majnoon, MC Majhool and Riad Bouroubaz made a huge buzz in the Algerian rap, with songs such as "Richa M'tyori" which is considered as one of the best rap songs in the history of Algerian rap, next to it there's also great songs such as : -Ro7t w khalitni by MC Majhool -Chemsi Ghabet by Flenn -22 redkha by L'anonyme -64 Cherra by MC Majhool -Fly Soul by zed-K -Robot yahder By Mc Majnoon -orkissdream by Zed-K -brouillon de nuit by zed-k However, when great rappers stopped rapping (zed-k and mc majhool for a while) new rappers appeared, most important to mention Phobia Isaac who gained a tremendous fame in a very short time to prove his worth in Algerian rap next to the best of the best; SYC, TTH, ILL_yes, Flenn. those five rappers are the backbone of the hiphop art in Algeria nowadays.


  1. ^ Wiedemann, Felix (2019). "The Local and the Global in Networks of Lebanese and Algerian Rappers". Open Library of Humanities. 5 (1): 1–40. doi:10.16995/olh.419.
  2. ^ a b IslamOnline - Art & Entertainment Section
  3. ^ Meghelli, Samir. "Interview with Youcef (Intik)." Tha Global Cipha: Hip Hop Culture and Consciousness, ed. by James G. Spady, H. Samy Alim, and Samir Meghelli. 656-67. Philadelphia: Black History Museum Publishers, 2006.