Touffar is a Lebanese expression that refers to outlaws and fugitives who escape to the hills in order to escape capture.
The group’s songs don’t shy away from tearing down what may be considered sacred in polite Lebanese society. They point the finger at the rich and powerful, accusing them of creating the misery that drives the poor and marginalized to a life of crime.
Tuffar characterizes a movement associated with the Ja`far clan in Ba`albak and champions the poor and neglected in the region.
“There’s no difference between them and Britney Spears,” responds Nasserdyn “commercial rap is s***. Rap isn’t Snoop Dogg. Rap isn’t about money and bitches.”
For Jaafar and Nasserdyn, rap has always been about resistance – an out to vent frustrations, to subvert the government and to bring about change. While they insist that their sound is not inspired by anybody in particular, they speak of older American rap music, written by frustrated African-American youth in the ghettos. This was long before before American rap turned more towards lyrics about dollar bills and swimming pools filled with girls in bikinis.
“Rap music is fight music,” explains Jaafar.
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