Ahmed Eprahem is pretty much a typical middle-class Egyptian teen. He attends high school, works a side job, lives with his family in the same home he grew up in, hangs out in coffee shops and along the Nile, and isn’t shy about showing his romantic side. At 17, he’s also a champion kung fu competitor, which he quit after badly injuring an opponent.

He also belongs to “Egy Cripz”, explaining that he and his friends’ interest in the Crips, and imitating their look and codes, is more about its association with West Coast hip hop than gang culture.

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He toured nationally as a rapper and producer for a decade, sharing the stage with notable acts like Run DMC and Mos Def. Then had to make a decision: could he pursue his art and include his family in his peripatetic career? That’s when Secret Agent 23 Skidoo was born.
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He toured nationally as a rapper and producer for a decade, sharing the stage with notable acts like Run DMC and Mos Def. Then had to make a decision: could he pursue his art and include his family in his peripatetic career? That’s when Secret Agent 23 Skidoo was born.

Check out Turnstyle’s exclusive video here.

One of Egypt’s most popular rap groups embodies the spirit that fueled revolutionary youth in Egypt this January.

The group’s lead rapper decided against leaving the country for a professional career so he could pursue his art, and his passion for reaching Egypt’s youth through hip-hop.

The Arabian Knightz were among the first groups to release music about the revolution. The group filmed a video for “Eid Fi Eid/Hand In Hand” in the early days of the uprisings.

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When poet/musician Gil Scott Heron died Friday at age 62, hip hop luminaries quickly stepped up to honor his contribution to a genre he was often credited with forefathering (though he never embraced that title).
Though his music didn’t reach major success in sales, even at the height of his career, he’s been an ongoing inspiration to the hip hop generation.
From Common to Kanye, Talib Kweli to A Tribe Called Quest, Heron’s fingerprints on hip hop are everywhere. Click on the photo to read the report. 

When poet/musician Gil Scott Heron died Friday at age 62, hip hop luminaries quickly stepped up to honor his contribution to a genre he was often credited with forefathering (though he never embraced that title).

Though his music didn’t reach major success in sales, even at the height of his career, he’s been an ongoing inspiration to the hip hop generation.

From Common to Kanye, Talib Kweli to A Tribe Called Quest, Heron’s fingerprints on hip hop are everywhere. Click on the photo to read the report.