Appa (rapper)

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Appa
Birth name Rachid El Ghazoui
Born (1983-01-27) 27 January 1983 (age 34)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2002–present
Labels Appa Productions
Associated acts Tuindorp Hustler Click

Rachid El Ghazoui (born 27 January 1983), also known by his stage name Appa, is a Dutch rapper, whose roots lie in the mountainous regions of North-Morocco.[1][2]

In 2002, he joined rap formation Tuindorp Hustler Click (THC), but decided to go solo. He is known for the political content of his lyrics and criticism of nationalist MP Geert Wilders.[3] He also strongly identifies with the social problems of Moroccan youths.[2] In November 2007, his first album called Straatfilosoof (Street Philosopher) appeared. In an interview he calls the album "autobiographical" and a "user guide for the people who don't understand us (Moroccan youths)".[1]

Controversy[edit]

In 2015 El Ghazaoui attracted attention by denying the holocaust,[4] by citing alleged quotes of the Talmud in order to raise hatred against Jews and by claiming that two mafia killers who, after murdering two fellow mafiosi, fired their kalashnikovs at the Dutch police, only received a life sentence because they are of Moroccan origin.

Discography[edit]

Album

  • Straatfilosoof (Street Philosopher)(2007)[5]

Mixtapes

  • De Meest Onderschatte (The Most Underestimated) (2006)[5]
  • TBS: Ter Beschikking van de Staat (At the Disposal of the State)(2007)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Alzubaidi, Wael; Alzubaidi, Mahmoud (September 2007). "Interview Appa: 'Muziek is de stem van de nieuwe generatie'" (pdf) (in Dutch). De Socialist. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b Karatay, Burç (2007-11-13). "Appa" (in Dutch). Funx. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ Goodenough, Patrick (16 Nov 2007). "Dutch Reject Call to Ban Koran But Worry About Islam". Cybercast News Service. Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  4. ^ Opdrachtgevers lopen weg bij Appa door Holocaustontkenning - AT5 (Dutch)
  5. ^ a b c "Appa Discografie" (in Dutch). MusicMeter. Retrieved 2009-05-14.