original oriental rap from Syria
The Sham MCs would be taking the Syrian hip-hop scene by storm - if they weren’t creating the genre as they go.
The group is all about crossing barriers: rapping in both English and Arabic and mixing hip-hop with the sounds of traditional Arabic music, while avoiding the lyrical clichés of both genres. The six-member crew is a mix of Syrian Christians, Muslims and followers of new-age spirituality. They’re taking advantage of more accessible recording technology and the social media tools that have fueled uprisings in other Middle Eastern countries and spread their music to a Syrian audience they say is hungry for hip-hop.