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One Arab American rapper who is known specifically for his political style is Iron Sheik. Will Youmans, a.k.a. Iron Sheik, a Palestinian American Dearborn native is leading the "pack...of underground politicized Arab American rappers and MC's."28 His name, Iron Sheik, was derived from the 1980 Iranian World Wrestling Federation star who was known for his depiction of Arabs as the stereotypical Middle Eastern villain. In his use of the name, Youmans hoped to make a statement against all such stereotypes and redefine what the name stood for. Like DAM, Youmans was influenced by Arabic classics, Um Kulthum, Fairouz, and Abdel Halim Hafez, and by hip hop greats like Chuck D and Flavor Flav. Although, he has been rapping since his youth, the Sheik says he is an "'activist first, then an MC. I got back into producing hip hop as an alternative way to communicate the messages and ideas I work with." 29 According to the Sheik, hip hop is a great platform to educate politically because youth are "seduced by the rap industry."30 So the Sheik delivers witty messages laced with smooth tracks in songs like "Low Expectations" in which he rhymes:

We got a joke as a President, but I can't laugh
that fool of a man's behind a bloodbath
We got a joke of a President leading this nation
..Low Expectations!

free mp3: http://angelingo.usc.edu/issue03/politics/s_palhiphop2.mp3

http://www.ironsheik.biz/
http://angelingo.usc.edu/issue03/politics/a_palhiphop.php