MC Amin, an Egyptian rapper from Mansoura, Egypt, grew in popularity since rap emerged in the country in the early 2000s and remains one of the most popular Egyptian rappers today. His discography is largely political in nature and echoes sentiments felt by youth living not only in Egypt before, during, and after former president Mubarak’s regime, the Arab Spring, as well as under current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Egypt has some of the highest rates of youth unemployment. The al-Sisi administration has used military, police, and judicial power to control the media, enacted legislation to censor civil society, and human rights abuses. Inflation, poverty, and youth unemployment rates are at an all time high.
Myam Mahmoud is an Egyptian rap artist, writer and women’s activist from Giza, Egypt. She initially gained popularity as a semi finalist on Arabs Got Talent in 2013 at the age of 18, becoming known as Egypt’s first veiled rapper. Her hard-hitting lyrics condemn issues faced by Egyptian women, especially the different social and educational standards for women compared to men, sexual harassment and victim-blaming. Continue reading “Myam Mahmoud: Egypt’s First Veiled Rapper”