Diam: The Wrapped up French Rapper

Diam, one of France’s most popular artists and rapper dons a hijab in her official music video for “Coeur de Bombe”, as she is newly converted.

here’s the english translation:
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

It starts with looks,
promises, ‘Yes, but …’, romance of late, sms, emails, walks near the canal,
of waffle, silences.
We divide our scars
Here and there is evidence.
The lips, tongue, heart and slow, dreams, luck, hours of weightlessness.
Raving about the future of nights spent in isolation.
‘It does? ”
‘Not all of then wait darling nan not at once. ”
Cut off from the world, fully in the relationship, you’re my bomb, others were all idiots anyway, it’s not like you’re a pearl You know, you’re rare.
I think ‘I love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

A few months later I moved, it moved.
The clouds hide the storm
we know, it is viewed.
The bomb is quiet,
the woman a little less safe, reflex girl, I want everything faster and much more.
Then the madness resumes soon
but the life BOUSILLE.
And yes, he still must learn to manage routine.
Venus and Mars accuse because his love kills time, but when the time kills love Venus then apologizes.
Feminine passionate, biological clock, Male exceeded psycholoqiques problems.
‘Marriage why wait? Why not going to tell me. ”
‘Nan but wait you can understand dear, this is only eight months. ”
‘And you think about children? And if we become parents?
‘But wait you can understand my love, it is only 3 years.
You’re tainted, you’re too much speed, too sad for me.
My darling, ‘I do not love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.
Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

can you imagine the result, rage and tears.
‘Who guards the apartment’ and sharing of furniture? ”
He insults me, lynch me, pulling me even his hat.
is it really true behind the princes, there’s still a toad.
I let the angels answer
and give me strength, because for sure my pretty bomb
revert to type at my door.
I know I say what I dreamed of hearing, he wants children and get married immediately.
He tells me how much struggle and suffering, remembering the two of us in the moonlight searching the great bear.
Barely 3 months after the break, I see him crawling, camping in the rain at the foot of my apartment soaked.

To all the men who drool because the woman is rather boring, but sweet, endearing and possessive.
Do not expect her to go, hold it, marry it, before another bomb did say ‘I love you’ etc., etc. …

Small heart fell … on a bomb.
Small heart fell … and it hurts, it hurts.

I came across a bomb, a bomb such as one rarely sees.
The heart is ‘boom’ and then falls.
On a bomb.
I came across a bomb, a bomb that you speak of children.
The heart is ‘boom’ and then falls.
At a time bomb.


Yusuf Islam makes peace with Coldplay

It seems that Coldplay’s song Vida La Vida [still love it] ripped off a bit from Yusuf Islam’s song Foreigner Suite. The Coldplay tune is a lift of the closing theme to Foreigner Suite. In fact, it sounds as if the record stylus is stuck somewhere playing the same few notes.

Nevertheless Yusuf Islam decides not to press charges.

He says, “I stand by what I said. They did copy my song but I don’t think they did it on purpose. I have even copied myself without even knowing I have done it. I’ll write down what I think is a good melody and realise it’s the same as something I have already done.  “I don’t want them to think I am angry with them. I’d love to sit down and have a cup of tea with them and let them know it’s okay.”

But his guitarist, Joe Satriani, did filed for copyright infringement against Coldplay:


Yusuf Islam on Colbert

Yusuf Islam [aka Cat Stevens] is back on the international music stage with his album Roadsinger, recently released this past cinco de mayo. Into folk, meaningful lyrics, and a good harmonious voice to sooth Yusuf’s stuff will be your cup of tea–and even if it’s typically isn’t, your likely to take something from it all.

Seems like Colbert thought so too. On his show Colbert bemoaned the fact it took 30 years for an album to come out and even in his “subtle” way address Islamophobia.

“The Western media tells me Muslims are scary… But your not scary looking… and that scares me.”

Yusuf tries to address the issue in the 20 seconds he is a lotted before he washes the audience over with warmth with his voice. But actions and demenior speak louder then words and Yusuf while talking about Islam comes off in his humble way… well, like Santa Claus.

Yusuf Islam [status]:

  • Halalness
  • Doing his thing & showing Muslims are entertaining [in a nice way]


traditional rebel approval, mashAllah.

Godspeed Yusuf.

Video: Yusuf on Colbert

Behind the Music… There were Muslims (Hamza Pérez and Napoleon of Tupac Shakur’s Outlawz)

Everyone’s been talking about the film New Muslim Cool (by P.O.V.) and while the directing and editing seems impressive, and the storyline seems engaging– What really got me was the music. Close your eyes and play the trailer again.

(For those who don’t know what I am talking about):

“See more at http://www.NewMuslimCool.com. Coming to national PBS this June, NEW MUSLIM COOL follows three years in the lives of Puerto Rican American Muslim hip-hop artist Hamza Pérez, his family, and community. Taking viewers on a ride through the streets, projects, and jail cells of urban America, the film follows Hamza’s spiritual journey as he finds new discoveries and friends in some surprising places — where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.”

Epic, right? Hamza Pérez sounds awesome and apparently the soundtrack for this is coming out in July. I’m looking forward to more details.

But it seems like Hamza Pérez isn’t the only Muslim rapper that might get some lime light in the near future.

Napoleon and Tupac

Napoleon and Tupac

Just recently it’s been announced that there will be a feature length Documentary was in the works about the life of Mutah Beale, tentatively titled “The NapoleonProject” (LifeOfAnOutlaw.com) featuring Mutah Beale a.k.a Napoleon of Tupac Shakur’s Outlawz.

Seeing the website, honestly, I was first unimpressed but reading the synopsis stopped cold in my tracks:

‘What is you’re earliest memory?’

If you ask Mutah Beale this question, he’ll tell you that his earliest memory involves his mother. He remembers biting on her skin trying to wake her up after she (and his father) were brutally shot to death in front of him and his siblings. With no parents left to care for them, Mutah and his siblings move to live with their grandmother. Surrounded by the poverty and corruption of the ghetto, Mutah turns to rap as an outlet for his frustrations and as hope for a way out.

After years of rapping, Mutah is introduced to a very well known rapper and is given the opportunity to rap for him. The well known rapper is Tupac Shakur. Tupac invites Mutah to join his crew, the Outlawz, and Mutah is instantly propelled into fame; but the high point of his life is soon followed by the lowest. Mutah’s grandmother, who took him in as an orphan, passes away. He learns first hand that money can’t buy happiness as he struggles to cope with this tragic loss.

But if money can’t give you happiness, what can? To distract himself from this question and from the pain of his grandmother’s death, Mutah continues rapping. But this question soon reemerges when his friend and leader Tupac is murdered; followed by the murder of his childhood friend Yufea.

Is this really THE life? Is violence and pain all that there is? The only answer Mutah can come up with devastates and depresses him. He takes refuge in drugs and alcohol as a distraction from the sad reality he believes to be life.

One day Mutah gets into a violent fight with his youngest brother. After they’re pulled apart, a stranger tries to calm Mutah down and asks him the question that would change his life forever.

‘Are you a muslim?’

Something inside Mutah inclined him to say ‘Yes’ even though he knew little to nothing about the religion.

Now curious about the religion he instinctively said he belonged to, Mutah begins to research Islam. He quickly comes to realized that this was the way he wants to live his life and takes the Shahada (Muslim declaration of faith). He makes Hajj (the pilgrimage to Makkah) and for the first time in his life, feels at peace.

After having all the materialistic things that so many long for, Mutah left it all to pursue the humble life of a Muslim. He now spends his days, warning youth of the deceptions of fame and encourages them all to seek the truth of Islam.”

Wow… what a powerful story. However, I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see which productions company will pick this up.

P.O.V.? Unity Productions Foundation? The list could go on…