Arts & Culture

Muslim Rap Duo Challenges Prejudice

ibtimes logo 11/20/15

Days before the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, two young Muslim rappers who go by the name Deen Squad released the song “Muslim Man.” The music video features the duo riding on SwegWays while rapping and holding signs that read “No, I’m not a terrorist.”

Deen Squad members Jae Deen and Karter Zaher asked their combined 1.2 million Facebook followers to post pictures with signs that read: “I’m Muslim, and I’m not a terrorist.” Since then, the related hashtag #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist has gone viral, and their music video has more than 39 million impressions and 7.8 million views on Facebook.

Now the Ottowa, Canada-based duo say their music is more important than ever before.

“Our music has become a voice with what has happened [in Paris.] It’s a voice against all these stereotypes that rise. It gives Muslim youth hope. We’re saying, ‘No, you’re not violent or terrorists, that’s not the case, that’s not who you are. You’re Muslim, you’re peaceful,’” Deen told International Business Times.

Deen, 21, and Zaher, 23, met this year when they enrolled in the same class at Carleton University. They quickly bonded over their love for music and Islam, and decided to start producing songs. Their style is to take music from popular songs and overlay clever Islam-inspired lyrics. “Muslim Man” is a remix of the hit song “Classic Man,” which Kendrick Lamar recently remixed. Deen Squad’s “Muslim Queen” borrows from Fetty Wap’s song “Trap Queen,” and “Friday” is based on Drake’s song “Tuesday.”


[For the full article, check out IBTimes]


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