Godfathers of ‘shamstep’ 47SOUL have released the trap-influenced single RUN, featuring two of the founding fathers of Palestinian hip-hop; rapper, actor, filmmaker and social activist Tamer Nafar, and Palestinian-Jordanian rapper The Synaptik.
SEMITICS, 47SOUL’s third release and second full album, mixes stomping, no compromise dance music with powerful new songs and challenging, thoughtful lyrics in both Arabic and English.
47SOUL pioneered the unique genre that they called ‘Shamstep’, where hip hop and electronica are fused with Middle Eastern-influenced melodies and styles, including shaabi, the pop music of the Levant and dabke traditional dance music.
Discussing their new album, the artists said: “Semitics was already about, and directed to, our worldwide family as a thank you for being the main part of our journey in the homeland and the diaspora. The songs were written on the road and the beats were designed for Dabke dancers to show their best globally… Now Covid-19 has made all the above mandatory!”
See the album track list below:
1. Witness -إشهد
2. Border Ctrl ft Shadia Mansour x Fedzilla – طلبوا
3. Arab Arab – عرب عرب
4. Hold Your Ground ft Lowkey – الرّافدين
5. Thobe -ثوب
6. Dabke System – دبكة سيستم
7. Sam’s People – بنو سام
8. Run ft The Synaptik x Tamer Nafar – راكض
9. Lil Disco – للديسكو
10. 47 Cocktail ft Hasan Minawy – كوكتيل ال٤٧
Listen to their new single ‘RUN’ below: