I also write for New Eurasia. One article I came upon recently was about the creation of rap songs about Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces by Turkmen rapper Zumerchas, (YouTube) of Darkroom Possse.
I’m most interested in why this would be a popular topic to rap about in Turkmenistan, which seemingly has its own host of problems, including a huge government blow-up ending with all of the oil-related ministers being fired, banning Peace Corps volunteers, and generally continuing to be an insular nation after years of rule by a dictator who made Stalin look like Nobel Laureate Obama.
I’m guessing it has something to do with Muslim solidarity, or the fact that Turkmen also feel oppressed by their government. In any case, I wonder how much the rapper knows about the issues he raps about in this song and how the Turkmenistani media portrays the conflict. If he really is informed, then I’ll take it back.
But in the meantime, I’d like to offer my rap song about oppressed Silvio Berlusconi:
Yo, Yo, Yo, Silvio!
Yo gotta hang in there, hang in there fo sho’.
The Italian Cabinet don’t want you no’ mo,
But I still love you and your latest ho.
I love the way you wear Armani with flair
I love the way you toussle your non-existent hair
And I agree with you when you say you’re most oppressed
Out of all the d-bags out there, Silv, you know I love you best!