It's still unclear who the masked Islamic State jihadist depicted in video footage killing American journalist James Foley is. Over the past few days, British tabloids have published a great deal of speculation on the identity of the killer, dubbed "Jihadi John." The leading theory is that he may be Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, an Egyptian-British rapper who grew up in London...[The strange role of rappers in the Islamic State's jihad, by Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, August 25, 2014]
Bary is not even the Islamic State's only European rapper. Denis Cuspert, a German convert to Islam, was a modestly successful rapper who went by the nickname Deso Dogg. He emerged as a popular figure within the Islamic State last year.
According to Vice, videos released by Cuspert, 38, who took the name Abu Talha al-Ahmani (Abu Talha the German), lionizing extremist leaders such as bin Laden and Afghan Taliban commander Mohammad Omar may have inspired other German jihadists to take up arms. He, Vice reports, became a "cult figure on Salafist web platforms."
Tharoor also engages in a bit of "crimestop."
There's of course no link between rap and the intolerance and fanaticism of the jihadists. After all, when the Arab Spring was at its height, attention fell on the role of local Arab rappers who sang powerfully about the injustices of their authoritarian societies. A rap song was even considered to be the unofficial anthem of the democracy uprising in Tunisia.And "of course" we all know how well the Arab Spring worked out.
It's no surprise that Muslim immigrants go from rapping about doing drugs one day to the glories of jihad the next. Muslim "French" rappers also brag about f***ing the country and "exterminating" the fascists (by which they mean police.) [Homegrown Gangstas, by Oliver Guitta, The Weekly Standard, September 23, 2005]
The common link is an anti-white, anti-Western narrative that encompasses these acts as a rebellion against a European order that have been carefully instructed to believe is racist, oppressive, and unjust.
These amateurish raps are simply the soundtrack to the Death of the West.