WBEZ | Khaled M http://www.wbez.org/tags/khaled-m Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago hip-hop artist remembers Libyan ambassador http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/chicago-hip-hop-artist-remembers-libyan-ambassador-102383 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6273_P1040324-scr_0.JPG" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Khaled M (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div><p>People around the world, incuding Chicagoans, are mourning the death of <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/12/us-libya-usa-attack-idUSBRE88B0EI20120912">Christopher Stevens</a>, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://thisiskhaledm.com/">Khaled M </a>is a Chicago-based hip-hop artist and the son of Libyan exiles who fled the country in the 1970s.&nbsp;He went to Libya for the first time last December, after the fall of Moammar Ghadafi. That&#39;s when he met Christopher Stevens.</p><p>&quot;He was a very cheerful, positive, sincere fellow. You could tell he really wanted to embrace the Libyan culture.&quot;</p><p>Stevens wasn&rsquo;t yet the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, but he already had a high profile in the country. &quot;As&nbsp;far as I know all Libyans embraced him and loved him, Khaled said, adding &quot;He was definitely a charismatic guy.&quot;</p><p>Khaled says Stevens practiced what he calls the &ldquo;rawest&rdquo; form of democracy. He would take meals with locals and attend their weddings and funerals, so many Libyans are especially outraged by his death.</p><p>&quot;For this to happen not just to Libyans but to guests, to Americans who were in Libya is just a big embarrassment, a stain on our history.&quot;</p><p>Khaled fears Steven&rsquo;s death might derail Libya&rsquo;s progess.</p><p>&quot;He&rsquo;ll be a very hard ambassador to replace.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-09/chicago-hip-hop-artist-remembers-libyan-ambassador-102383 Global Notes: The music and politics of Chicagoan Khaled M http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/global-notes-music-and-politics-chicagoan-khaled-m-libyan-american-hip-h <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/khaledm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Libyan-American hip hop artist <a href="http://thisiskhaledm.com/" target="_blank">Khaled M</a> has closely followed the fight to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Khaled lives in Chicago but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, home to a Libyan-American community active in opposition politics. His father fled Libya after being tortured in jail for protesting the Qaddafi regime. After unrest erupted in Benghazi and Tripoli, Khaled went to Washington,&nbsp;D.C. to join a group of Libyan-Americans helping the U.S. government and media communicate with protesters inside Libya.</p><p>Khaled, along with members of the opposition group known as Enough Gaddafi, recently released a <a href="http://www.datpiff.com/El-General-Khalas-Mixtape-Volume-1-Mish-B3eed-mixtape.197209.html" target="_blank">mixtape</a> of North African hip hop artists. He expects to release <em>Free P</em>, a free EP of his own music, this spring. Jerome and <a href="../../../../../radio-m" target="_blank"><em>Radio M </em></a>host Tony Sarabia chat with Khaled M about his music and politics.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track list:</strong></p><div>1. Cloud Conversations Pt 2 &mdash; Khaled M</div> <div>2. El Sooal (Question) &mdash; Ibn Thabit</div> <div>3. Min Irhabi (&ldquo;Who is the Terrorist?) &mdash; DAM</div> <div>4. Hello Til I'm Gone &mdash; Khaled M</div><p>&nbsp;</p> <div><strong>Lyrics for &quot;El Sooal&quot; (Question)</strong><br /> <br /> I'm still enthralled by your question my dear friend<br /> we expected demonstrations but saw only <i>tingeez</i>*<br /> what do you say ibn thabit, about the hearts of the people?<br /> is there as yet hope in the aspirations of the people?<br /> will they stand up to the enemy as our grandfathers did?<br /> will they sacrifice, as they did to the west of our borders?<br /> is there as yet self-worth and courage in our hearts?<br /> or will we be hypocrites to each other, so as to fill our pockets<br /> Do you want my answer or the answer of the people?<br /> God only knows how much long I will last<br /> If you want the opposite view, I only have a feeling<br /> I will try to purify it like the dust that falls from the <i>kisskass </i>pot**<br /> first thing they'll see is praise God that you're alive<br /> I praise God because if not for petrol this country would have nothing<br /> and that may be better so that we can flip it on its head<br /> as they did in Tunis, this is a specific salute<br /> &quot;At least we have bread, and bread is cheap&quot;<br /> the price of the blood of a martyr cannot be measured<br /> What's your excuse? Are you waiting for Jesus?<br /> Here the country next to ours got rid of their president<br /> he said I have understood them after he insulted them<br /> Muammar, you have done nothing for your people<br /> Muammar it is better for you to retire and repent<br /> because Muammar, it is impossible for you to flee<br /> revenge is coming like a train into a wall<br /> we will burn you in a fluid, bring the oil<br /> so that you know how the martyrs of Abu Saleem screamed<br /> until they see you in hell, they will not be at ease<br /> I swear by Allah, who created us and you<br /> Muammar your end I swear is near<br /> 90% of us our furious<br /> one day the rest will say &quot;we wish we had run away&quot;<br /> your money will do you no good when we decapitate you<br /> in the day that our armies meet yours<br /> I am nudging you to leave before it happens<br /> because when the revolution begins you will not be able to flee<br /> I mean a people's revolution in the true meaning of the word (as opposed to Qaddafi's)<br /> Qaddafi doesn't know, because the level of his knowledge<br /> on a scale it is like comparing dirt with silver<br /> if he's good at anything, ask his nurse<br /> she'll tell you he's good at distorting the facts<br /> anything she says &quot;good job <i>ya lilla</i>&quot; ***<br /> these are the words of people that die for a penny<br /> real men pay no heed to pennies<br /> the wealth you have stolen, the innocent you have killed, the students you have neglected, <br /> they are coming for you.<br /> you have nowhere to run, we know your faces<br /> no one will welcome you, woe be to your noses<br /> they lift them (their noses) the Saad-Sheen dogs (big shots in the gov)<br /> we know that right now you don't know what torture is<br /> but very soon you will know, send your money abroad<br /> Switzerland will freeze them for the last and final time<br /> you mock the people, saying that they don't want to work****<br /> you dirtbags, you only know how to steal<br /> the wealth that you are eating is fire (in your stomachs)*****<br /> this is as obvious as the honor of Sidi Omar al Mukhtar<br /> he who died for his country, see the events of this country<br /> how much of this century has been lost to this country<br /> how many billions have been spent in vain?<br /> how many are those who like everything but my choice of words?<br /> only my Lord knows me, and only he can judge me<br /> when I charge the <i>qiyada</i>******, stay back. BOOM. <br /> <br /> <br /> *tingeez -- in Libyan colloquial used to describe people who occupy homes of others, as per Qaddafi's green book.<br /> **kisskass pot -- a sifting pot used to get rid of unwanted grains in certain Libyan dishes.<br /> ***lilla -- a slang way of addressing a girl -- i.e. doll, honey, sugar, etc. <br /> ****attitude at the top circles is that employment is abundant but Libyans leave dirty jobs to foreigners, hence they &ldquo;refuse to work.&rdquo;<br /> *****reference to the Qu'ranic teaching that those who eat from wealth not for them, it is as though they are eating fire.<br /> ******qiyada is slang for the Bab al Aziziya barracks in Tripoli.</div></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/global-notes-music-and-politics-chicagoan-khaled-m-libyan-american-hip-h