Tonight would have been the second time DAM-- Palestine's preeminent hip-hop group, featured in the documentary Slingshot Hip Hop-- would have featured in Seattle this year, which speaks to the devoted local following they've cultivated, drawing strongly from supporters and organizers from the UW's Students for Justice in Palestine as well as the greater Middle Eastern community in Seattle. Unfortunately, DAM's travel visas were denied, and so they will not be able to appear this evening as scheduled at the Vera Project.
However, the show goes on, with local emcee Gabriel Teodros joining the lineup alongside Ragtop, Remi Kanazi, and the very intriguing Narcicyst, who is now the show's headliner for his first ever appearance in Seattle. Narcicyst is an Iraqi-Canadian artist who uses equal parts humor and impassioned urgency to inform his highly political music; for example, he has a remix of Busta Rhymes' song he entitled "The REAL Arab Money." After the jump, check out a funny and provocative video for his song "P.H.A.T.W.A.," which has Narcicyst rapping during a dramatic episode in airport security.