Blog Post 4

I’ve been a big fan of rap from when I was a little kid, which was hard growing up in Egypt since no one really made any rap songs in the country then. My brother and I would go to the internet cafe with blank CDs, and illegally download whatever song had a good title by an artist we loved.  In “Time in the ways of hearing” by Damon Krukowshi, it mentioned how digital music can be reused and repurposed. That is exactly how the rise of rap started in Egypt. Many unknown rappers who had no followings at all would simply take the beat of an American rap song, and either translate it or rap a new song over the beat. By repurposing the song, rap became more acceptable in Egypt, and today it is the number one genre in the country, while also the top genre in the entire Middle East.