Saturday, December 31, 2011

Lak3y - Tounés 7orra ("Tunisia is Free")

Lak3y - Tounés 7orra ("Tunisia is Free")
تونس حرّة - لكعي
Tunisia
Released February 5, 2011
Source: http://fr-fr.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1602427216926


Arabic lyrics via Lak3y's Facebook page
Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump...

Friday, December 30, 2011

MC Swat - Freedom of Expression

MC Swat - Freedom of Expression
حرّية التعبير - ام سي سوات
Libya
Released December 16, 2011



Big thanks to @TasnimQ for introducing me to the song and translating it!
Arabic Lyrics adapted from those found on the انا ليبي وجوي مليح Facebook page.  

MC Swat's interview with Mercy Corps

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

L7a9ed (Haked) ft. Jihane - Baraka Men Skate ("No More Silence")

L7a9ed (Haked) ft. Jihane - Baraka Men Skate ("No More Silence")
الحاقد مع جهان - باركة من السكات / بركة من الصمت
Morocco
Released on April 11, 2011


Arabic lyrics via Mamfakinch. My English translation via Mamfakinch's Arabic lyrics and the French translation by Maria Karim of www.l7a9ed.com and @Freel7a9ed

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Ibn Thabit ft. Junior - Libya: A Love Song

Ibn Thabit ft. Junior - Libya: A Love Song
ليبيا أغنية حب - ابن ثابت مع جونيور
Libya
Released February 18, 2011


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for doing the English translation.
 Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump...

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Syria: Anonymous - Communiqué #1 (Bayan Raqam Wahed)

Syria: Anonymous - Communiqué #1 (Bayan Raqam Wahed)
سوريا: بيان رقم واحد ("بيان رقم ١") - مطرب مجهول
Syria
Released on April 6, 2011


For more on the complicated relationship between Syrian rap and the Syrian uprising, check out The Los Angeles Times here and Jackson Allers here and here.

Arabic lyrics adapted from this Facebook comment. English lyrics adapted from this YouTube video by CherieMo85.

Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump...

Syria: Bayan Raqam Ithnain ("Communiqué #2") - Anonymous

Syria: Anonymous - Communiqué #2 (Bayan Raqam Ithnain
سوريا: بيان رقم اثنين ("بيان رقم اثني ٢") - مطرب مجهول
Syria
 Released on May 5, 2011


Arabic lyrics adapted from a YouTube video by FreeSyrianGuy.
Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump...

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ibn Thabit - Benghazi II

Ibn Thabit - Benghazi II
ابن ثابت - بنغازي ٢
Libya
Released on April 7, 2011



Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her corrections.
Full Arabic lyrics with their English translation after the jump...

Ibn Thabit ft. MC Swat - Win or Die

Ibn Thabit ft. MC Swat - Win or Die
ابن ثابت مع امسي سوات - ننتصر أو نموت
Libya
Released June 8, 2011



(Click "Arabic" to turn off the Arabic subtitles and read the English subtitles)

Full lyrics and translation after the jump...

Ramallah Underground - From the Cave

Ramallah Underground - From the Cave
رام الله تحت الأرض - من الكهف
Palestine
Released in 2007


Many thanks to Chris at Arabic Song Lyrics in Translation for finding the lyrics, doing the translation, and letting me use both on my site. 

Full lyrics and translation below the jump...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Arabian Knightz ft. Lana - Fokkak

Arabian Knightz ft. Lana - Fokkak ("Unwind Yourself")
الفرسان العرب مع لانا - فكّك
Egyptٍ
Released on June 16, 2007 (click here for the release promo)

NOTE: My translation is a rough draft for now - corrections are welcome!

NOTE: Wondering where Hoss (Hossam L Hossainy) went after he left Arabian Knightz? Check out this Hot Arabic Music article. Short answer: Hoss went mainstream while the Knightz stayed underground.

Full lyrics and translation after the jump...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dania Ben Sassi - A Revolutionary Amazigh Song

Dania Ben Sassi - A Revolutionary Amazigh Song
Libya
Released June 7, 2011

This song isn't hip hop...or Arabic...or particularly timely (what with the overthrow of Gaddafi and all). But it's quite a good song. Simply singing in Tamazight (a.k.a. the Berber language), which Gaddafi's regime outlawed, was a pretty revolutionary act.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lotfi Double Kanon - 7oukouma

Lotfi Double Kanon - 7oukouma ("The Government")
حكومة - لطفي دوبل كانون
Released in 2010



MASSIVE shout out to @DZCalling, who pretty much translated the entire song for me. Thanks!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lotfi Double Kanon - Ga3da Fel Bléd (Remix 2010)

Lotfi Double Kanon - Ga3da Fel Bléd (Remix 2010)
القعدة في البلاد (ريميكس) - لطفي دوبل كانون
Released in 2010



Huge shout out to Aliciaah of allthelyrics.com for her translation and help with the song and to @DZCalling for his corrections in the comments (I <3 corrections!)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ahmed Rock, Revolution Records - Change is Forbidden

Ahmed Rock, Revolution Records - Change is Forbidden
أحمد روك، رافولوشان راكوردز - ممنوع من التغيير
Released January 20, 2011



Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Down With Military Rule - Ahmed Rock, Revolution Records

Down With Military Rule - Ahmed Rock, Revolution Records
Yasqot 7okm Al 3asskar - يسقط حكم العسكر
Egypt
Released on November 16, 2011



Note: this is my first draft, so corrections are welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Malikah - ya imra2a ("Woman")

Malikah - ya imra2a ("Woman")
ملكة - يا امرأة
Performed on March 7, 2008




Full English and Arabic lyrics after the jump...

Rayess Bek - Herbes Folles ("Crazy Weeds")

Rayess Bek - Herbes Folles ("Crazy Weeds")
ريّس بيك - Herbes Folles
Lebanon
Released in 2010




English lyrics and French lyrics via the Goethe Institute's translatinghiphop.de - check it out! Thank you as well to Ugo Tovil for his corrections to the Italian chorus and the English translation of it in the comments.

Click here for Mashallah News' interview with Rayess Bek

Full English and French/Italian lyrics after the jump...

Rayess Bek - I'm Speaking in Silence

Rayess Bek - I'm Speaking in Silence
ريّس بيك - عم بحكي بالسكوت
Released in 2003


English lyrics and Arabic lyrics via the Goethe Institute's translatinghiphop.de - check it out!
Full English and Arabic lyrics after the jump...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Shadia Mansour and M-1 - The Kufiya is Arab

Shadia Mansour and M-1 - The Kufiya is Arab
 M-1 الكوفية عربية - شادية منصور و
Palestine and the United States
Released on June 30, 2010


Big shout-out to Daydream and VivaPalestina at AllTheLyrics.com for the English translation.
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Revolution Records - Wa2t El Thawrageya (وقت الثورجية)

Revolution Records - Wa2t El Thawrageya
Revolution Records - وقت الثورجية
Released on January 19, 2011





Arabic lyrics courtesy of eslameltfateh
Note: this translation is a ROUGH draft. Corrections are welcome, so visit the Universal Subtitles page or allthelyrics.com page or email me at ulysses [dot] rap [at] gmail.com to help.
 Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ahmed Mekky - 25 January

Ahmed Mekky - 25 January
أحمد مكي - ٢٥ يناير
Released on February 8, 2011




*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Arabic lyrics courtesy of Hanitizer at Hot Arabic Music. 
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

El Général - Rais lebled

El Général - Rais lebled
رئيس البلاد - الجنرال
Released on November 10, 2010



Ibn Thabit - Ms. Revolution

Ibn Thabit - Ms. Revolution
 آنسة الثوار - ابن ثابت
Released on June 28, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylrZ0JzjQr8
QuickTime version (right-click to download mp3)
Note: this is a rough draft - the lyrics and translation need correction (help welcome!)


 
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ramy Donjewan - Message to Tantawi

 Ramy Donjewan - Message to Tantawi
رسالة للمشير طنطاوي - رامي دنجوان
Released on July 16, 2011


Arabic lyrics courtesy of mazikawbas
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Shayateen al Inss

Ibn Thabit - Shayateen al Inss
 شياطين الإنس - ابن ثابت
Released on April 4, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFwkEDG92mg
QuickTime version (right-click to download mp3)


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ibn Thabit - Libya Is

Ibn Thabit - Libya Is
ليبيا هي - ابن ثابت
Libya
Released March 27, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axcbkzx2kIA
QuickTime version (right-click to download)


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Benghazi

Ibn Thabit - Benghazi
Released on August 20, 2001
Source:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJMRHwYeiQ0
QuickTime version (right-click to download mp3)

Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ibn Thabit - Tripoli Calling

Ibn Thabit - Tripoli Calling
Released on March 8, 2011


Translation based off work by @ChangeInLibya and others (thanks!) on Universal Subtitles
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - The Question

Ibn Thabit - The Question
السؤال - ابن ثابت
Released on January 27, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_9pBiwS2lI
QuickTime version (right-click to download)



Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her translation, which I've modified slightly and added here.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ibn Thabit ft. Junior - Martyrs

Ibn Thabit ft. Junior - Martyrs
Released on March 3, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_MHalNiTHQ
QuickTime version (right-click to download mp3)


Big shout-out to aimenessa10 for doing the translation for Ibn Thabit on YouTube.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ibn Thabit - Hallucination Pills

Ibn Thabit - Hallucination Pills
حبوب الهلوسه - ابن ثابت
Released on March 17, 2011


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for the translation, which I modified slightly and put in "British English."
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ramy Donjewan - Against the Government

Ramy Donjewan - Against the Government
ضدّ الحكومة - رامي دنجوان


Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

El Général and Mr. Shooma - Tahya Tunis

El Général and Mr. Shooma - Tahya Tunis
Tunisia
Released on January 23, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyKFH2rDl1c
Click here to download the mp3


Arabic lyrics courtesy of Youtube user microegypt 
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Libyan Warrior Song

Ibn Thabit - Libyan Warrior Song
نشيد المجاهد الليبي - ابن ثابت


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for doing the English translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Shukrun

Ibn Thabit - Shukrun
Released on April 25, 2011
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDj1SycnYr8
QuickTime version (right-click to download)


Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ibn Thabit - Misrata

Ibn Thabit - Misrata
Released on April 18, 2011

Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English Lyrics after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Lookin for Freedom

Ibn Thabit - Lookin for Freedom
ابن ثابت - يدوّر في الحريّة
Libya
Released on December 7, 2010
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELjLtCaPib8
QuickTime version (right-click to download)
 

 Big shout-out to @TasnimQ of Majjal for her help with the translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic lyrics and their English translation after the jump...

Ibn Thabit - Calling the Libyan Youth

Ibn Thabit - Calling the Libyan Youth
ابن ثابت - نداء لشباب ليبيا
Released on February 14, 2011


English lyrics adapted from Ibn Thabit's translation.
*Asterisks highlight words or sections I'm not sure about. Corrections welcome!
Full Arabic and English lyrics after the jump...