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The French-Kabyle artist (Algerian) raps with a well-informed mind. Médine's songs cover mainstream's void. He deftly breaks down topics from Gaza to Islamophobia, inequality and imperialist wars.

As a former housing project resident, Medine is vocal against France's structured poverty. He makes it a point: stand up to the status quo.

"We’re standing up to denounce the prejudice and injustice we face." (TIME) He "wrote first to keep the youth in the housing projects from losing hope and withdrawing from society." (New York Times)

This is revolution's foundation: hope, self-determination and mass organization.

"After Charlie Hebdo there was this hunt to shut people up, to stop people criticising." (Fact Magazine)

 
From Arabian Panther.

"One of the important things to note about that day [January 7 2015] is that there were people marching who you could describe as terrorists, people who’ve been working to restrict Arab freedom of expression for many years.
 
World leaders like Netanyahu. Journalists like Caroline Fourest who claim they’re in favour of freedom of expression." (x)

 

"The Muslim community over the last 10 years has been demonised particularly."

"But," Medine says, "The Muslim community in France isn’t in a state of victimisation, we are working to improve the situation. I think there’s a danger of seeing every Muslim on a journey to being radicalised." (Fact Magazine)

Medine headlined 2015's Who Is Malcolm X? party at Le Bataclan. The nightclub had been targeted two years before in Paris' terrorist attacks.

Disiz is another French-Muslim rapper, and Who Is Malcolm X? was his brainchild to fundraise a publication on the famous revolutionary.

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Giving Voice to France’s Poorest Youth, With Rhymes and Beats (New York Times, 1-20-16)