Friday, May 5, 2006

So Cal College Student Wants To Be The Chaldean Kanye West

EL CAJON, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You’d have to rack your brain pretty hard to name an Iraqi rapper but a 21-year-old in El Cajon, California, hopes to change that.

His name is “Timz” and his debut CD, Open For Business, is the first rap recording by an Iraqi American.

Timz was born in the U.S. but his music also reflects his heritage as a Chaldean, a group of Christians who hail from Iraq and are settled mostly in Detroit, San Diego and Chicago.

He says the Chaldean community in the U.S. is very patriotic so it’s been tough when he’s labeled “a Muslim terrorists” just based on his physical appearance.

So he takes it out in his music. For instance, one lyric goes, There’s still a whole lot left that needs to be addressed/ Like all of the talk that Timz hates the U.S./ Wait a minute, Timz hates where?/ Homey, I was born and raised here.

For now, Timz has included a few samples of Baghdad beats in his tunes but prefers rapping in English rather than Arabic for now.

It seems to be paying off for him. As he puts it, “At my last show, the audience was white, black and Mexican and they all knew the words.”

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