Narcy (rapper)

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Birth nameYassin Alsalman
Also known asThe Narcicyst
Born (1982-05-26) May 26, 1982 (age 36)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
OriginBasra, Iraq
GenresAlternative hip hop
Years active2000–present
Associated actsNomadic Massive, Yasiin Bey, A Tribe Called Red

Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name Narcy (formerly The Narcicyst), is an Iraqi-Canadian journalist and hip-hop MC. He currently resides in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Alsalman's parents are originally from Basra, Iraq but emigrated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the 1970s.[1] Yassin was born in Dubai in 1982. In 1987, at the age of five, he and his family moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[2] Yassin spent much of his youth moving back and forth between Canada and the UAE, spending his high school years receiving an education in Dubai. In 2000 Yassin moved back to Montreal and started working on his music production in a local recording studio.[3]

As an actor, he appeared in the movie City of Life which revolves around life in Dubai in 2009. In the movie, he played the role of Khalfan, a conflicted yet loyal Emirati teenager caught in a class struggle with his best friends. He has also starred in short Gemini-nominated series Verte, a musical short on the Green Line in Montreal's Metro system. He also is known to act in his music videos, both as Jamal in self-written RISE as well as Jassem in his latest release "Makoo", off World War Free Now!.

In 2011 Alsalman taught a course at Concordia University, in conjunction with Marc Peters, titled: "Hip Hop: Past, Present, and Future".[4]




  • A Bend In The River (2003)
  • Stereotypes Incorporated (2004)

The Narcicyst

  • Fear of an Arab Planet (2007)
  • The Narcicyst (2009)
  • Mr. Asthmatic (2010)
  • Warchestra (2010) (a Sundus Abdul Hadi album in collaboration with The Narcicyst)


  • Leap Of Faith EP (2013)
  • El Nargisee Project (2014) - All Arabic project
  • WeAreTheMedium EP (2014)
  • World War Free Now! (2015)[5]


  • "#Jan25" (2011) – Produced by Sami Matar, this song features Syrian MC Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Amir Sulaiman & Ayah.[6] The hashtag is an ode to Twitter, which has been credited by many as playing an influential role in the Egyptian revolution.
  • "Fly Over Egypt" (2012)[7]
  • "Leap of Faith" (EP, 2012) [8]



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  • Diatribes of a Dying Tribe. Write or Wrong/Paranoid Arab Boy, 2011. OCLC 727946616.[9]

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