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I had my first taste of really awful New York City traffic yesterday. It’s even worse than it is showed to be in movies, and definitely worse than Thursday 5pm traffic around duwwar il sabe3 (seventh circle in Amman). Believe it or not, though, I am now thankful for this traffic. After begging my cab driver to turn on the radio to drown out the honking and yelling around me, I discovered one of the few rap songs that I can actually listen to.
The artist behind this masterpiece was none other than Lupe Fiasco. I had first heard about Lupe during the whole Qur’an burning ordeal, which thankfully is in the past now. As a Muslim himself, he commented on the issue very wisely, tweeting “True destruction of the Qur’an cannot be done with fire.. It is destroyed when we fail to remember and practice its lessons in our daily lives.” The perfect response.
Anyway, the song that the cab driver blasted is called “Words I Never Said.” Lupe’s lyrics are amazing, filled with important positive messages, calling for peace, and bringing to the attention of his listeners several issues. Two immediately caught my attention. The first was his regret over a lack of a US response to the unjust and unlawful bombing of Gaza in 2009. The second was his support for a true Islam that condemns murder and terrorism. I think that’s the best part of the song. He raps:
“Jihad is not a holy war, where’s that in worship?
Murdering is not Islam, and you are not observant
And you are not a Muslim,
Israel don’t take my side
Cause look how far you pushed them”
It was just refreshing to hear such a different rap song that’s distinct from those by mainstream artists. Highly recommended, even for those who are not a fan of the hip-hop genre!
May the song help make your commutes and traffic-filled drives more enjoyable