Egypt’s Arabian Knightz, the nation’s most prominent hip hop group, have experienced a long road to releasing their first album, but on August 21st the group will finally realize its dream as Uknighted State Of Arabia becomes available to a global audience. The album will be distributed internationally through the group’s independent record label, Arab League Records, and will be sold through iTunes.
Uknighted State Of Arabia is co-executive produced by Fredwreck, whose wealth of credits include production for Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Xzibit, The Game, Cypress Hill, KRS-One and 50 Cent. Production contributions include Fredwreck, 4th Disciple (Wu Tang Clan), Club Wreckers, Al Amrani and Fahd.
Since their first commercial success after releasing two singles in their region four years ago, their home nation of Egypt has undergone as dramatic of a transformation as one could witness in this world. Last year’s ousting of long-time President Hosni Mubarak sent waves of hope around the world that the era of world dictatorship would soon be over.
At the beginning of the Egyptian people’s uprising in early February 2011, Arabian Knightz released “Not Your Prisoner” as a single and music video, featuring powerful video and photo images from the revolution. The song quickly became an international anthem for freedom and resistance, gaining recognition from major media outlets around the world, including BBC, Al Jazeera, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
Now with the world watching the new Egyptian government come to power, the voice of the nation’s youth are more important than ever to ensure a future of peace, justice and equality. Arabian Knightz represent a hope for hip hop culture to reach out to the people and empower them to create their own futures.
Arabian Knightz were set to release their album in the Middle East region through the international distribution and promotion company Melody, but the nation’s turn of events led to tighter scrutiny of the album’s content. After being submitted to the Egyptian government’s censors for approval of release, the album was rejected for its content. The setback caused the group to release the project through their own independent label, seeking to create ways for themselves to deliver their messages to an international audience.
Uknighted State Of Arabia is intended as a statement to uplift global Arab culture, as years of divisive politics and economics have left the region and diaspora in a tattered state of violence and contention for power. The planet has become tragically addicted to the Arab world’s oil resources, an industry that is greatly responsible for the largest concentrations of corporate wealth the planet has ever seen.
In October, the group will travel to various cities Europe to support the album, and are currently working on scheduling more international dates for concerts and seminars. They are also planning to promote the album with upcoming music videos scheduled to be released in 2012.
The album’s latest single and music video, “Sisters”, is a passionate plea for love and compassion for women in Arabian culture. The need for safety and equality for women continues to be a prominent struggle, and the statement the group makes is a formidable plea from a group that many young people around the world look up to as new leaders for their generation.
The lineup of guest artists on the album is an international affair, including contributions from MC Amin, Shadia Mansour, Lana, Hossam L Hossainy, and Cilvaringz from Wu Tang Clan. The album’s final song “Uknighted”, is a marathon track bringing Arabian Knightz together with an all star lineup of artists that includes Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, DAM, Deeb, Qusai, Hanouneh, Michael Arkangelo, DJ Lethal Skillz and many more.
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