Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Jackson Allers is a visionary filmmaker, journalist, reporter & story teller. He's an encyclopedia in hip hop history. His documentary "Life From the BBC" premiered in South By Southwest Festival - Audti,Texas which is about
This documentary follows two MC’s, Yaseen (20) and TNT (19) of the Palestinian rap group I-Voice (Invincible Voice) from the Bourj al Barajneh Refugee Camp (BBC) in south Beirut, facing constant electricity cuts in their small camp recording studio.
The film follows them as they break out of the confines of refugee life, it is a story about their search for power.

He has been living & working in Lebanon since 2006 & has been documenting the rise of Arabic Hip Hop in Beirut city & the region.

Revolt had a great discussion/Interview with Jackson about his life in Lebanon, his thoughts on Arab hip hop & about his amazing documentary.

Make sure you hear this fella out - its truly amazing & I am really blessed that I am able to encounter amazing people on my REVOLT journey & Jackson is one of those people that is documenting a real movement & is doing it in great style
Big Shoutout to him & I thank him for having time for REVOLT :)


Check out the Trailer for his documentary "Life From The BBC":

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Picture provided by the talented Laith Majali *

Monday, March 29, 2010


Ladies & Gentlemen !

Shadia Mansour's single "El Kofeyye Arabeyye" is available for download!

I just bought it - its only 0.99 USD & its really a must hear.

M1 from Dead Prez is featuring on the track & it is truly revolutionary !!!

El Kofeyye is not just a SCARF - its a part of a movement!!

Israelis are designing a version of the Kofeyye that has the star of david on it with Israeli colors. Thats why we should all support this because this is more than a song.
Check this article! (we gota respond!!)

The Kofeeye is ARAB - rise up people!

Be part of a movement & support this!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


This is an interview that I personally was really waiting for ! to have the ability to be in the surroundings of people that actually speak true words & are actually doing something about their believes! True Music should be heard people!

It was just awesome meeting up with Lowkey,Shadia & Amal, they are all artists in every single way - I am happy I was there to document greatness.

I did interview Lowkey couple months back via phone - but watching him perform live & then having an amazing interview is just really too special for me.

The Full Video Interview is out now & is available on Youtube :
You should really check out this interview - Lowkey's words are just real & true!
Rise Up.

For more info on LOWKEY - check out his site:

Music Liberation People!

Friday, March 26, 2010


On March 5th I flew from Jeddah to Beirut to attend a "Free Palestine"Concert in which two of my biggest artists were performing "Lowkey" & "Shadia Mansour - I also had the pleasure of meeting "Amal Kawaash"-
I have already shared pictures from my 1 day trip - now i will release the video footage & interview.

The first interview released is for a Lebanese Rock/funk band called "Fareeq Al Atrash".

I actually bumped into Chyno (vocal/prodocer of the band) a night before the actual event & we agreed to meet up the next day for a small interview & we did !

Check out the full interview & a great freestyle in both English & Arabic on Youtube:

You can check out Fareeq el Atrash on
  • www.facebook.com/FareeQ el Atrash
More interviews to be uploaded real soon - Stay Revolted !

Thursday, March 25, 2010


DJ Lethal Skillz is the undisputed heavy weight peoples champion in the genre of Turntablizm in war-torn Middle East and North Africa, Heavy in the game since the mid eighties.
LS also know as the PhonoSapien Monk of da 3rd World has managed to maintain his longevity in Hip-hop for over a decade by cutting all Dj’s that choose to appear in his path heads off, and living up to his name with keeping it fresh as the number one priority, Holding down Arabia on his own as Dj / Producer, also the first Arab Dj to translate the Turntablizm art form to Arabic and is pushing it across the 3rd World.

REVOLT called up Lethal Skillz & had the below revolutionary discussion with some exclusive news only for REVOLT :)
I need to mention that you better check out his newest album (2nd) coming up July 2010!
"Karmageddon". He has collaborated with top heads of the Arab Hip Hop such as Narcy,Omar Offendum, Ragtop & of course the 961 underground crew + many more in addition to international artists. He is currently in Beirut, Lebanon cooking up his 2nd album & i assure you it would be Madness!

Rise up Arabia!

Big Shout Out to Lethal Skillz for doing this - Appreciate it brotha

Check out DJ Lethal Skillz on the below links:



Wednesday, March 24, 2010


I guess this pic speaks for itself - thats what happens to me when I listen to Mainstream music lol.
Enjoy it

Design goes to my lovely wife :) - thx for making my nose even bigger lol.

Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing 2 heavy weights DJs/producers: DJ Lethal Skillz & Fredwreck!
Big Shoutout to both of them!
Much respect fellas!

I will be posting them up real soon.

Look out for those!


Monday, March 22, 2010


Rhythm and blues is a type of music made popular by African Americans in the post-World War II period. It has branched off to create other forms of pop music.

Nowadays, R&B has become a generic term to define music ranging anywhere from soul, funk, pop and contemporary R&B.Finding its source and highest point of success in the West, it has gradually drifted its influence on our side of the world, the Middle East.

Not necessarily being an R&B fan, I present to you, with outmost respect to his talent and caliber of voice, a fresh slowly rising artist known as Hamza Hawsawi aka AYZEE. As I visited his recording studio and witnessed him in live freestyle performance - exclusively for REVOLT – it has come to my attention that he could indeed become the next Ne-Yo, Chris Brown or any contemporary R&B artist of the Middle East.

All beats are produced by AY Production which is for my homeboy AYHAM who is the produces & manager of AYZEE. Interviews with both AY & AYZEE were conduced & will be posted soon on REVOLT...Ayzee's first album is about to drop mid of this summer. Support ma homeboy.

For now - enjoy this freestyle that was performed especially for REVOLT:



Sunday, March 21, 2010

Palestinian Talent: Ma Homeboy Moody Judeh!

I first met Moody Judeh on the basketball court in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia- hes this big guy that was wearing a Dirk Nowtzki basketball Jersey..he got his own style in rapping but like all of us - life doesnt always give you what you want.

I remember we used to talk about REVOLT as an idea & now I am actually doing it & one day it will get there inshalla!

Moody had a great gesture with me - when my father(may his soul rest in peace) passed away mid of 2005 he designed a very nice -touching verse that was dedicated for me & my family - that's whats up brotha - thank you again - i am trying to dig that track out because it was off the hook !

My post today is to share with you Moody's talent - check out these 2 tracks by Moody & his gang - I see future & talent in him & whoever hes rolling with.

Revolt will get an interview very soon with Moody which is currently in the US.


This one is one of my favorites!- Moody starts rapping @ 1:13 (check da brotha out)
Moody Judah & the Gang! by REVOLT

03 What If RMX - Moody Judah & The Gang by REVOLT

Kicking on the Mic - AWESOME JOB BIRD MAN ! ( A MUST HEARD !!!)
Moody Judeh-The real is here by REVOLT

A. Y. Dennaoui (Hass's Father) Verse by MOODY JUDEH ! by REVOLT

Saturday, March 20, 2010


Rob Swift is a Hip Hop DJ & Turntablist !

I had a quick chat with him before his show in Beirut,Lebanon (Hist first ever visit).

Swift is a former member of the turntablist group The X-ecutioners

A Big Shoutout to Beirut Bandits for making this happen.

Make sure you check Rob's videos; it is only then where you can see what he does differently from other DJ's.

His latest album The Architect describes his creation of new sound beats & fusing classical with hip hop sound.

Rob is currently touring Europe - stopping @ Beirut City this Sunday March 21st @ Electro Mechanique.

Check out this video of one of the songs from the album


"Life From The BBC" / An Enlightening Documentary

Jackson Allers @ the rooftop in the BBC - Tanya Traboulsi on the lens

Revolt has opened so many doors for me - i really cant believe that I have met/interviewed so many talented people that are out there.
Everyone I got in touch with (or about to interview) is doing his/her thing & its beautiful to know that this talent exists outside the mainstream media..
I am just trying to show you that there is so much talent out there - you just have to look for it & you will not regret because its definitely mind elevating stuff !

My post today is about a documentary film under the name of "Life From The BBC" directed by Jackson Allers (Revolt will get an interview with this revolutionary person very soon!)

This documentary follows two MC’s, Yaseen (20) and TNT (19) of the Palestinian rap group I-Voice(Invincible Voice) - "soon on revolt radio" from the Bourj al Barajneh Refugee Camp (BBC) in south Beirut,Lebanon facing constant electricity cuts in their small camp recording studio.

Yaseen and TNT write lyrics by the lights of their cell phones and produce beats to a growing fan base - wracking up an impressive catalogue of music that has earned them a remarkable reputation within the local and international Arab hip-hop scenes. The film follows them as they break out of the confines of refugee life, it is a story about their search for power!

The film was premiered this past Thursday in Austin, Texas @ South by SouthWest Music Festival ! Props to that - Congrats guys!

No words can describe how powerful that movie is: check out the trailer here:


Stay Revolted!

Friday, March 19, 2010


During my last visit to Beirut City I had the pleasure of meeting Tanya Traboulsi a Lebanese photographer that recently launched a book under the name of "Untitled Tracks" in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal & Ghalya Saadawi. The book is about Alternative Music in Beirut. Tanya is behind the lens of all pictures.

Revolt had an interesting interview with the talented artist about her passion in Music Photography & other stuff - check it out below (I would like to thank Tanya for her time):

The Full Interview:

Revolt Radio: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Tanya:Grew up between Lebanon and Austria, studied fashion design in Vienna and always had a camera in my life:)

Revolt Radio: Congratulations on your newly released photo book "Untitled Tracks" - Tell us about your experience in photographing that book?
Tanya: Thank you, actually the book is a result of my on-going series "Music is life" which I started 3 years ago. About one and a half years ago, Ziad Nawfal, Ghalya Saadawi and i had the idea to make a book. I would say, for me the book is part of the series, not vice versa, because now that the book is out i will not stop photographing the music scene.

Revolt Radio: In your website you have a section called Music is life : i love the way your passionate about photography & music - i am sure they complete each other - how has your passion of music helped you in making the book & going on in your career?
Tanya: I work better when i feel things (music, people, places etc) so every photo you see in the book for example, or also on my website, has a lot of emotion in it and a story behind it.

Revolt Radio: You’re a music photographer, what sent you in this direction and what is your favorite type of shoot in this area (Live / Portrait etc)?
Tanya: I have always loved music, i dont think there were many days in my life that i spent without listening to music. I cant say i prefer live or portrait, It don't really make a difference, I like to shoot rehearsals, live, press photos, album covers, just anything related to music.

Revolt Radio: Did you go to school to study photography or your self taught?
Tanya: Self Taught.

Revolt Radio: How long have you been a photographer professionally?
Tanya: 4 Years.

Revolt Radio: When did you realize your passion of photography?
Tanya: As a child, but really decided to make it a profession only 4 years ago.

Revolt Radio: What do you feel is the most challenging thing about photographing a musical event/documentary?
Tanya: Very often the lighting is very poor, the places are crowded which gives me very limited space to move, a lot of times the locations are quite small also.

Revolt Radio: Are you a MAC or PC lover?
Tanya: MAC !

Revolt Radio: A Photographer that inspires you?
Tanya: Few local ones, for example Caroline Tabet ; or ** Laith Majali with his hip hop photography.

Revolt Radio: A website and/or blog you visit often?
Tanya: I use twitter a lot and from there i go to different sites, rhizome is very interesting for example, or the berlin mitte institut website.

Revolt Radio:Something you’re still learning?
Tanya: always learning, in every aspect of my life, and i hope i will never stop :-)

Revolt Radio: Something that is overrated?
Tanya: In lebanon? europe :-)

Revolt Radio: Your favorite kind of music?
Tanya: electronic, experimental, drone, doom jazz, but also classical, punk rock, pop, all kinds of genres, anything that inspires me

Revolt Radio: I love your B&W work and you also have some color. What makes you choose to shot something in B&W over color?
Tanya: Usually when the locations where i shoot are very dark, i prefer b&w.. but there is no rule to it at all for me. i just try it out and see what looks better and what applies best to the mood of the artist or concert or the music.

Revolt Radio: Do you have any pointers for people that are looking to become photographers, or more specifically, music photographers?
Tanya: I think that the most important thing in life is to know what you want, and also what you don't want. Once u have figured that out, things will happen and people will come your way; of course you cant just sit and wait for things to happen, it's important to make at least a first step, in order to get things moving. but i believe that when u have a passion for something, productivity and creativity comes naturally.

Revolt Radio: Any words for REVOLT RADIO?
Tanya: I am really glad to have discovered revolt radio and i wish you all the success and hope to be able to support you in a way or another. Very nice spirit and energy :-)

(End Of Interview)

Thank you Tanya for your time & I look forward to our path colliding soon one day.

You can find Tanya's work on her official website:

You can also get a copy from the book online:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

B.Manley : Basketball Trick Shot Master

Whether you're a Basketball fan or not - this post will definitely capture your attention !

B. Manley is a trick shot master that's been around - you wont believe the kind of shots hes making unless you really see them.

My homeboy Thomas Litteer is directing & editing all the B.Manley footages & B Manley's talent has changed his life dramatically.

Check out the newest Trick Shots from B.Manley in this video "all shots taken in all videos are legit " thats just mental ! Check it below

His skills are too good that a H.O.R.S.E game is in Progress with the NBA's most dominant player "Shaquille O'neal" - you can tell who would win there ! lol

The way this happened was crazy since Thomas (who is Manley's manager) used unconventional methods to get Shaq's attention & he succeeded & from there - B.Manely's trick shot became so popular on YOUTUBE hits & among basketball players !

Revolt Radio will try to get an interview with B. Manley & perhaps SHAQ once they play it up.

An interview with Thomas Litteer (CEO of Left Lane 6 Productions) was conducted earlier - you can find it here:

Thomas: I am waiting on that Shaq's shout out to REVOLT RADIO :)
post picture: Thomas Litteer

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vote for Rayan Kattoua's Remix of Matisyahu's "One Day" Hit

Ladies & Gents:
Be part of history & VOTE for my home boy Rayan Kattoua.

He has entered a Matisyahu remix competition & the winner of this will collaborate with Matisyahu via Indaba & have his/her remix posted on Matisyahu's official Website & Myspace Page.

The dude is talented - do yourself a favor & listen to it first then VOTE for him by simply creating an account ( a process that would take 60 seconds from your time).

Revolt is all about bringing you talent to your eardrums & this dude got so much potential.

Let's all be part of History & make this a reality.

All you gotta do is:

  1. Log on the site: http://www.indabamusic.com/submissions/show/13568
  2. Listen to the amazing REMIX (personally i believe it got the most comments out of all tracks out there)
  3. Sign up
  4. VOTE !!!
You're only allowed to VOTE once.

Much respect to everyone that votes - you definitely got taste in music !

Peace & Out

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Many artists crave the spotlight, but few know what to do with it. In 2004, Hasan Salaam separated himself from the music industry's status quo. The Jersey-bred MC was voted the winner of FUSE TV's "Hip Hop President" contest. With the victory, came the opportunity to perform live for millions of viewers during the popular show "The Daily Download". Hasan took to the stage, and decided right then, to draw a line in the sand.

Hasan's music paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain. It's this ability, to touch people at their core, which has garnered Hasan a loyal fan base all over the world. His following has generated over a million plays on Myspace and Youtube alone.

All of Hasan's accomplishments are a byproduct of his passion to make a difference in people's lives. Hasan was raised by his mother in Teaneck, N.J. However, he also spent a significant amount of time with his father in Jersey City and grandmother in Camden. At a very early age, he witnessed the social and political problems plaguing his community. Music was his first love and always provided a positive outlet.

He's performed with the likes of Redman, Wyclef Jean, Busta Rhymes, Naughty by Nature, Common, Dead Prez, Floetry, Kool Herc, Immortal Technique and others.

In addition to his musical successes, Hasan has remained dedicated to his work in the community. He continues to work with troubled youth, and runs a monthly food and clothing drive in Jersey City, N.J. He also speaks regularly at conferences and discussion panels, to help bring awareness to vital social issues.

Poised to keep the momentum going, Hasan is currently working on his most anticipated project to date, entitled "Life in Black and White". It is scheduled to be released in late 2010. Hasan Salaam has come a long way in a short time. However, his goal remains the same, "to be a voice for the voiceless."

Check out the interview below where Hasan talks about his new album, the importance of having words put into actions & his passion of conscious lyrics music.

Big shout out to Hasan & Raj for setting this up.
I believe Hasan is on tour now - wish him all the best.

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Raj Raju

Email: raj@simplyflow.com

You can check out Hasan Salaam's Music on his site:



Friday, March 12, 2010


Omar Offendum
.. My Hip Hop "Khayoo!" is on REVOLT & I am psyched up to have him be part of it.

I had a great conversation with this unique talented artist who always spreads positive messages in his lyrics & tunes.

Given that he was born in Saudi Arabia & raised in the US - he combines Arabic & English beautifully, not to mention that he's the only person I know that takes the poetry of a legendary poet such as " Nizar Qabbani" & translates into his own lyrical hip hop waves.

Omar spoke about how Hip Hop is a culture & how it should unite people despite being Arab or not.

His highly awaited first solo album "SyrianamericanA" is supposed to be released in the next 2 months.

Offendum dropped a live verse for us - better check out this brotha!

3ish !

Photography taken by the talented Laith Majali ©
Omar Offendum's blog: http://offendum.blogspot.com/
Check out Omar Performance @ Words Beats Life: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFhudrZ--rw