By: Malaysia Robinson
Often, artists are faced with two different paths once they begin to receive recognition for their work; they can grow out of who they are, and what they came from and get caught up in the fame and connotate that fame and clout with their new happiness and their new home, or they can get big, and known but never lose sight of themselves and their background. They go from expressing their surroundings, wishes, and perspectives on the world and shift their music style to the next big thing.
However, the new hip hop female artist from Cairo, Egypt; also known as Felukah has yet to let that clout and fame shift her thoughts and love for her home, and culture. After growing up in Egypt, she recently moved to the United States for a pursue in creative writing and discovered a new talent for rapping while mixing English and Arabic in her songs. In her recent hit song, “Ask the Birds in Cairo, the young artist received over 50,000 views on YouTube where she expresses how she “fall in love daily with the words, with the language, ask the birds, they understand this in Cairo.” Even though she is chasing her dreams in the states, the artist never forgets the joy and happiness that er hometown brings her and utilizes this song to showcase her feelings and emotions she associates with Cairo.
Along with the hit song, Felukah dropped a bright and significant video that reflected upon the lyrics in the song. Within the first verse of the song, she starts off in the darkness, as she awakes next to strangers that she sees as “haters”, and later moves outside where she highlights the sunshine, and the nature. The music video flows as a journey of her life and love of her home. When she is with strangers, she feels the void of darkness, and later utilizes the literal and physical “bird” to associate herself with being home and shifts into a state of happiness. Overall, the hit song “Ask the Birds in Cairo” was not just a rap song about happiness in a place, but a love song, love for her country, for her culture, and for her home.