Beware exposed Busta’s new remix for the pile of dung it really was. I’m not Arab, but mocking cultures doesn’t sit well with me, so I never got past listening to the original.
Then I saw on the news (not American) that DJs were losing their jobs over this song and its remix, notably the latter. At which point I backtracked to Beware’s post not only to listen to the song, but to read the comments. My man Amp said:
Is it really that bad?
Too much hate in Hip-Hop nowadays. It’s a fun song to get the party hype.
It’s not that serious.
Yes it is. Very, actually. Arabs are extremely proud of their culture and language. Busta mocked it in the original version and continued to say that it was all in good fun. The protests were silent.
But the remix?? Man, it is strictly forbidden in The Glorious Qu’ran to ever invoke verses, prayers and even Allah’s name in combination with music and melody. It’s not frowned upon, or ill advised, it’s forbidden. (At this point, I’d like to advise anybody that’s about to say any dumb shit about Muezzins to hold their tongue.)
Islam is one of the better preserved, most strict, modern religions. Sometimes this leads to radicalism, most times this leads to a stern devoutness. Say all you want about terrorists hating America, but there are about 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, about 8 million in the US; if they really wanted problems, you would know.
Bussa was quoted as saying:
“Sometimes, people like to twist things. We ain’t mockin’ the culture. We ain’t tryin’ to be disrespectful. Ain’t no racism going on right here.[..]we are actually biggin’ up the culture. At the end of the day, I want to be like that.”
That’s like saying “I want to feed starving kids in Saudi Arabia, so I’m sending them pork chops,” and then proceeding to say “It’s not disrespectful, I’m just trying to give something back to the needy.” I’d like to meet the Arab gangsta rapper who makes a song entirely about how he’ll slay fools like the Passion of the Christ, or the white rapper who makes the track “I got it on lock like slavery.” At some point you cannot justify stepping over the line. All you can do is apologize and fall back or sink with your ship.
Hip-Hop as a culture should not outwardly condone being ignorant or ethnocentric. We should be different, we should set the example. Especially since most Muslims here are Black. This is another reason why we don’t get any respect. For the amount of support Arabs and followers of the Islamic creed have given to Hip-Hop, and this man in particular, Busta’s chorus is almost as offensive as the justifications that fans give for it.
I’m curious to see the first performance of this track abroad.
B.O.M.B (Back On My B.S.) in stores 03.10.09.