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And troops freestyling
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:05 PM on June 6, 2007


Ach. As if one needed evidence that our presence there is not a good thing...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 4:12 PM on June 6, 2007


Ah, cultural exchange! Wonderful. Of course, the kids in Iraq didn't need a US military invasion: they'd be rapping 50 Cent tunes anyway. And the freestyling soldiers, I just wish they were freestyling back in their hometowns, and not on some base in Iraq.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:12 PM on June 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


I share your sympathies flapjax. I just thought the iraqi kids were very sweet.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 4:15 PM on June 6, 2007


What flapjax said.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 4:23 PM on June 6, 2007


Oh and what Pete said.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 4:23 PM on June 6, 2007


I hear that sort of noise from kids around me here; it is good to know my tax bucks are spreading such classics elsewhere. All kids are sweet. Then they grow up and become like me.
posted by Postroad at 4:29 PM on June 6, 2007


I like this clip of prison guards freestyling in Iraq even better.
posted by Kattullus at 4:29 PM on June 6, 2007


What Citrus said about what Pete said.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:29 PM on June 6, 2007


Yeah, Kattulus, that guy on the left in your link gets a pretty good drum sound outta that desk they're at. Love the cameraman's Croatian-accented comment at the end, too: "Thank you guys! That was waaaaaay too cool!"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:36 PM on June 6, 2007


Native Sons
posted by stbalbach at 4:37 PM on June 6, 2007


"Ach. As if one needed evidence that our presence there is not a good thing..."

"I hear that sort of noise from kids around me here"


Heh. Looks like this thread's gonna separate the hip hop luvahs from the hip hop haytahs.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:48 PM on June 6, 2007


HEY YOU KIDS STOP BEATBOXIN' ON MY LAWN
posted by scrump at 4:50 PM on June 6, 2007


If I'm going to see Iraqi kids rapping, I'd rather they were doing "Baby Got Back" or "Straight Outta Compton." Or a rap version of "Don't Fear the Reaper."
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:00 PM on June 6, 2007


You gotta party for your right to fight.
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:11 PM on June 6, 2007 [3 favorites]


They should be rapping Public Enemy, or Dr. Dre.
posted by Balisong at 5:12 PM on June 6, 2007


I HAVE MUCH BETTER TASTE IN MUSIC THAN IRAQI CHILDREN.
posted by StopMakingSense at 5:15 PM on June 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


I hate hip-hop, but calling this "evidence that our presence there is not a good thing" trivializes all the serious evidence. There's plenty you could give. This ain't it.
posted by wtdoor at 5:20 PM on June 6, 2007


as flapjax pointed out, this kind of shit was happening way before the international incursion. the mtv invasion superceded the iraqi invasion.
posted by ginbiafra at 5:24 PM on June 6, 2007


Your favorite Iraqi child rapper sux
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:24 PM on June 6, 2007


hell, i remember hanging out on vacation in some mall arcade in dubai in the early 90's, wearing my bucket hat like sen-dog, totally wailin' on this streetfighter 2 machine, and this kid comes over, whoops my ass completely and walks away laughing and saying "what you want to be like cypress heel?"

it was quite a learning experience.
posted by ginbiafra at 5:33 PM on June 6, 2007


The kid in the "hearts" link looks very scared.
posted by strontiumdog at 5:40 PM on June 6, 2007


Something tells me the outrage police will be by shortly to tell us not to care.
posted by tehloki at 5:59 PM on June 6, 2007


Ohhh, most definitely hearts and minds. Bring me more hearts, and minds. Yum. "the mtv invasion superceded the iraqi invasion." Haha! And unlike the latter, it has a better chance of success imho. Forget the military option, if you really want to take Iraq, innundate the place with the most powerful cultural cleansing agent on the planet: American TV. It might take a little longer, but it will cost a whole lot less.
posted by Area Control at 6:10 PM on June 6, 2007


It has worked so well with that North Korean guy. He is practically American.
posted by srboisvert at 6:16 PM on June 6, 2007


strontiumdog writes 'The kid in the "hearts" link looks very scared.'

Actually, I was more concerned about the kid in the 'minds' link. I did wonder whether the guy in the white coat who comes up at the end was a Shiite enforcer, wandering up to ensure religious and ideological purity.

I also thought it curious that the only song they seem to know is In Da Club. Does MTV only play one video there? Have they been playing the same one for the last two years? Cruel and unusual punishment indeed.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:32 PM on June 6, 2007


Nicolai Ceausecu had bootleg episodes of "Dallas" broadcast in Romania (Rumania?) to show the proles of his worker's paradise the decadence of U.S. capitalism, to consolidate his support base for his policies of no birth control or abortions to inrease the population of his captive starving citizens.

He was so surprised when they liked what they saw! This "Genius of the Carpathians" was finally chased around a courtyard with his fake academic wife and both were shot.

My point was just that with patience, the revolution will market pink handcreams and stuff or something.

oh, never mind.
posted by longsleeves at 6:48 PM on June 6, 2007


Canibus army freestyle
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:51 PM on June 6, 2007


Meh. Those kids are just posing and frontin'. They don't know anything about growing up in violent streets, hustling to get by, or being surrounded daily by automatic weapons fire. Not like a real rapper.
posted by sourwookie at 9:34 PM on June 6, 2007 [2 favorites]


posted by sourwookie Meh. Those kids are just posing and frontin'. They don't know anything about growing up in violent streets, hustling to get by, or being surrounded daily by automatic weapons fire. Not like a real rapper.

Lamest of all, they don't have the white man police force keepin' them down! Word.
posted by fandango_matt at 10:30 PM on June 6, 2007


"Some Americans dont like the islamic songs in our movies so we mix rock music with Operations, hopfully they will like it."
posted by prostyle at 10:17 AM on June 7, 2007


it made me think of my dad growing up under the Nazi occupation in Norway. they would ham it up sometimes. then other times they'd throw rocks. and practice shooting guns with the resistance down by the river.

occupation sucks, and as a kid, you find ways to entertain yourself.
posted by RedEmma at 1:01 PM on June 7, 2007


It has worked so well with that North Korean guy. He is practically American. Hmm, good point, I guess there is a distinct advantage to leveling the place first.
/goes back to drawing board
posted by Area Control at 5:02 PM on June 7, 2007


korean guy was a different problem set. there you are dealing with the individual. here, as in the the link presented, you are dealing with masses.
posted by ginbiafra at 7:20 PM on June 7, 2007


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