TEL AVIV, Israel — In 1970, over a steady drumbeat and the slow stream of a saxophone, the late Gil Scott-Heron said six immortal words and helped kick-start a genre later known as rap: “The revolution will not be televised.”
Thousands of tracks and two decades later, Public Enemy frontrunner Chuck D was calling rap music the CNN of urban youth in America.
Now, Tamer Nafar, lead singer of the Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, says that, “Rap is CNN for us, the Palestinian people. In every village, in every town, in every city — in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank — people are doing hip-hop.”
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