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Middle Eastern hip hop

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Middle Eastern hip hop is hip hop music and culture originating in the Middle East. It is performed in many languages such as English, local Arabic dialects, Hebrew, Persian, and French. It is highly influenced by American hip hop.

Arab hip hop[edit]

Arabic hip-hop refers to hip-hop developed in the Arab world. It is heavily influenced by American hip-hop, although it also fuses many aspects of local poetic traditions and culture.[1] Common themes include social and political realities, such as poverty, drug use, and resistance to occupation.[2] Hip-hop played an important role during the Arab Spring as a rallying chant for protesters.[3]

Iranian hip hop[edit]

Iranian hip-hop, also known as Persian hip-hop, refers to hip-hop developed in Iran. Due to government repression, a large portion of the Iranian hip-hop scene lies underground.[4]

Israeli hip hop[edit]

Israeli hip-hop refers to hip-hop developed in Israel. Unlike hip-hop in other parts of the Middle East, Israeli hip-hop is not controlled by the government. Although some inspiration is taken from American hip-hop, hip-hop in Israel usually deals with situations in their countries, addressing issues such as poverty, criminality, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.[5]


  1. ^ Wiedemann, Felix (2019). "Remixing Battle Rap and Arabic Poetic Battling". doi:10.20378/irbo-54191. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Allen, Harry (March 2008). "Straight Outta Palestine". VIBE Magazine.
  3. ^ Fernandes, Sujatha (2012-01-30). "Opinion | The Mixtape of the Revolution". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  4. ^ Chopra, Anuj (2008-04-16). "Rebels of rap reign in Iran". SFGATE. Retrieved 2023-01-17.
  5. ^ "Hip-Hop - Israel - Worldpress.org". www.worldpress.org. Retrieved 2023-01-17.

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