The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe
If you listen to our podcast, you’ll know we’re big fans of an Arab Canadian hiphop artist called the Narcicyst. He’s publishing a book this month! His website says this:
The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe by Yassin ‘The Narcicyst’ Alsalman
Release date 21 March 2011
Diatribe of a Dying Tribe is about the jumbled reality of North American life. The destructive components of juxtaposing cultures, the birth of immigrant internationality and the resilient art that comes out of struggle and oppression.
It is the story of four young Arab men who joined forces to create their own representative governing meeting. Excentrik, Ragtop, Omar Offendum & the Narcicyst spent two weeks in California and endless hours on a computer crafting Fear of an Arab Planet; an examination of the heightened anxiety towards Islam, the Oriental gaze towards the Arab face and the ever-growing paranoia of the ‘other’, all over some bangin’ beats to rock to. As a post-analytical view of the making of an album, this book serves as a document on the burgeoning Arab poetry scene, and how the two mother cultures of a migrant society coalesced through a modern hyper-culture called Hip-Hop. From TSA agents to ABC rappers, The Arab Summit were on a mission to be heard… and that is exactly what happened.
With writing by Suheir Hammad, Omar Offendum, Ragtop & Excentrik
Exclusive Interviews with Cilvaringz, Malikah, Eslaam Jawaad, Members of AK, DAM and Soul Purpose.
You can buy the book from HERE.
You can download Fear of an Arab Planet by The Arab Summit HERE.