Tag Archives: Khanverse

A Hip-Hop Hizbullah: Islamic Revolution International Center Interviews Jonathan Azaziah About Life, Music and Counter-Hegemony

Introduction (by Jonathan Azaziah): Jummah Mubarak! Been meaning to share this with y’all for a good while. Back in October, I had the honor and blessing of being interviewed by the Islamic Revolution International Center, a zine/think tank run by revolutionary Iranian students. We talked a little bit about where I came from and what drove me to become an MC; the origins of Islamophobia; Zionist control of the music industry; the fight to overthrow World Zionism’s system of hegemony; and the definition and aims of Mouqawamah Music. As a Khomeiniist, this meant a great deal to me and I pray all of you, my dear comrades, enjoy the read. I have to thank brother Abdullah Mohamadi for the beautiful opportunity and in these arduous times, I also want to once again extend all my love and solidarity to the resistant Islamic Republic of Iran and its most wonderful people.

***Just a quick note regarding the title: “Hip-Hop Hizbullah”, which I mention in the interview, is a lyric from my song “The Liberators“, featuring my beloved brother Khanverse KV, off my 2015 album “Son of Kufa Vol. 1: Rise Of The Anomaly”. With the subject matter at hand, I consider it most apt 😀 ***

Islamic Revolution International Center: Can you give us a brief bio of yourself?

Jonathan Azaziah: My name is Jonathan Azaziah–which is Arabic for “powerful light”–and am known on the mic as Madd Cold, a moniker I earned because of the harsh truths I would spit whilst rap-battling in the streets of Brooklyn (or Iraqlyn as I like to call it), New York City, where I was born and raised. I am 29 years old and am the son of an Iraqi father and a Moroccan-Russian mother. DTI (Death to ‘Israel’!) is my motto, “Ya Hussein (A.S.)!” is my battlecry, Mesopotamia is my soul, Palestine is my compass and Yemen is my heart! Don’t have anything else on my mind 24 hours a day except playing my part in the liberation of our people from the clutches of World Arrogance. Continue reading A Hip-Hop Hizbullah: Islamic Revolution International Center Interviews Jonathan Azaziah About Life, Music and Counter-Hegemony

“Silence On The Sheikh”, Final Single Off “Eternally Husseini”, Is Now Out!

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

On this day one year ago, the brutal Nigerian army unleashed complete and utter hell on the Husseiniyah Baqiyatullah in Zaria, home to Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). Hundreds (possibly thousands) of Shi’a Muslims were murdered in the barbaric massacre, hundreds more were disappeared, at least 50 young women were kidnapped and the Sheikh himself, along with his wife, were thrown into prison on baseless charges. The American regime, the usurping Zionist entity and Saudi Arabia all had hands in the nightmarish crime. And to this very day, in spite of the Anti-Zionist, Anti-Imperialist identity of the IMN and the stature of Sheikh Zakzaky as Africa’s most formidable revolutionary and the world’s most prolific disseminator of the Deen on Earth–he’s brought between 5-10 million humans to Shi’a Islam in the last 37 years–“Palestine Solidarity Movement” activists and “The Ummah” at large have forgotten that ALLAH (SWT) gifted them with tongues. Continue reading “Silence On The Sheikh”, Final Single Off “Eternally Husseini”, Is Now Out!

“Silence On The Sheikh” Drops Just One Week From Today!

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

Only seven days away from the one-year anniversary of the Zaria Massacre and the illegal, unjustifiable imprisonment of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky of Nigeria. “Silence On The Sheikh”, the song that I, Iron Galaxy, Yusuf Abdul-Mateen Trombly, Rafiqi Green and Khanverse KV put together, is, in the simplest terms I can muster, SOMETHING NOT OF THIS WORLD. If I say anything more than that, it will take away from its prestige. For real. Just wait ’till y’all hear it. And when you do, make sure to spread it far and wide and let it be a weapon we use to pressure the US-Zionist-Saudi-backed Buhari regime into releasing Sheikh Zakzaky, his wife Sayyeda Zeenat and the rest of the IMN (Islamic Movement of Nigeria) political prisoners IMMEDIATELY. In the mean time, change your profile picture to this beautiful poster to raise awareness about the plight of the Sheikh and Nigeria’s Shi’a as well as to heighten anticipation for “Silence On The Sheikh”–the final single off “Eternally Husseini” and an anthem of anthems! Resident genius graphic artist extraordinaire Mohammad Hamza on the gorgeous artwork if you ain’t know. It was the highest of high honors working with all you gentlemen on this special track and in the name of this special cause, i.e. Islamic unity. I’m humbled beyond words by your brotherhood, commitment, bravery and artistic/musical/lyrical brilliance. And of course, I cannot wait to share our masterpiece with the world. #FreeZakzaky #LongLiveZakzaky #SilenceOnTheSheikh #EternallyHusseiniComingSoon

“Silence On The Sheikh” and “Long Live Syria III”, Next Singles Off “Eternally Husseini”, Coming Soon!

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

With the imprisonment of Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky now entering its 11th month, the world at large primarily remains nowhere to be found on his plight and the cause to find justice for the Zaria Massacre victims. And this theme, SILENCE, whether from “The Ummah”, the “Palestine Solidarity Movement”, the “social justice activists”, the “Anti-Imperialists”, the African-American political “elites”, the “White Savior” liberals, the “Pro-Black” Jews and others, has been featured prominently in my own radio programs and writings since the criminal attacks on the Nigerian Shi’a and their sanctuary, Husseiniyah Baqiyatullah, during December 12-14 last year. But there is only so much that commentaries and podcasts can do. Continue reading “Silence On The Sheikh” and “Long Live Syria III”, Next Singles Off “Eternally Husseini”, Coming Soon!

“Eternally Husseini” Recording Underway! “Fifteen Years Of Hell” To Drop Imminently!

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

Alhamdulillah! The recording process for “Eternally Husseini” is officially underway as I knocked out the first single, “Fifteen Years Of Hell”–which chronicles the 9/11 Truth landscape like never before and features blistering guitar work, including an utterly loony solo at the end of the track, from my dear brother Trevolution (Trevor Labonte)–just a few hours ago after an insane 8-hour session. Vocal chords are completely shot and I’m essentially running on fumes but yo! The 11-minute joint is BANANAS! My dun of duns Khanverse says it’s the finest thing I’ve ever written… Insha’ALLAH it will be remembered as one of the dopest tracks I’ve ever recorded! Aching to share it with y’all and I pray I’ll be able to do so for the fifteen-year anniversary of the malevolent, mass murdering Mossad’s September 11th attacks this Sunday. It all rests on my big bruv and genius engineer Payday Monsanto’s shoulders now! No pressure at all Billy (William Sweeney) :p For real though family, yallah! Knock it out and let’s make the monsters shake! Let’s let ’em know they will NEVER get away with what they did in New York City and DC that fateful September day! As for this gorgeous, intricate portrait you see here, which will be featured on Bandcamp when the album drops as well as in the album booklet if Iron Galaxy (Xayne Hammad) and I get the record printed up, that would be the work of mad artistic scientist Mohammad Hamza, the boundlessly brilliant founder of Intifada Street. He’s really on another level, ain’t he? The art alone should let you know this thing is something special! So keep focused on this space! “Fifteen Years Of Hell” coming soon! #IsraelDid911 #911WasAZionistJob #EternallyHusseini

11-fifteen-years-of-hell-feat-trevolution

Coming In November 2016: Madd Cold and Iron Galaxy – “Eternally Husseini”

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

Ladies and gentlemen. Brothers and sisters. I am proud to announce that my next album, “Eternally Husseini”, a Shiacentric, Hip-Hop magnum opus of Islamic Resistance against World Zionism and celebration of our peoples’ glorious struggles, is deep in the works and set for release sometime in November. When I first joined social media a few months ago, I had no idea I would connect with so many beautiful, dexterous, courageous people ’round the globe. Chief among these links is my dear, dear brother Xayne Hammad aka Iron Galaxy, who will be producing the entire album and who is among the most gifted, off-the-wall and absolutely bananas beat-makers I’ve ever heard in my 17 years on the microphone. Nothing sampled. Just him and all his brilliance. The music that sun has made for this record has brought some of the best bars out of me that I’ve ever penned. Xayne has never blessed another MC with even a single track because to be frank, most MCs, especially the so-called “revolutionary” ones, are garbage, cowards, sellouts or a combination of the three. But still, to have him knocking out 15 joints on this thing, is an extraordinary honor for me. Continue reading Coming In November 2016: Madd Cold and Iron Galaxy – “Eternally Husseini”

In Honor Of Comandante Hugo Chavez, Son Of Kufa Vol. 1 Is Now Available For Free Download

by Jonathan Azaziah

In celebration of Hugo Chavez’s birthday, I am making my album “Son of Kufa Volume 1: Rise Of The Anomaly”, released on this day last year, available for free download. It’s undoubtedly my most complete work and alhamdulillah, I’ve raised a nice chunk of change off the album proceeds for wounded children in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, so it is indeed the perfect time. And while there are joints about every major struggle of our people on this record–including 9/11 truth, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kashmir, the international Prison-Industrial-Complex, police brutality, Libya, the Jewish-Zionist occupation of Hip-Hop (which features my dear brother Khanverse) and even a love song and a street banger so y’all can get a little glimpse into what means the most to me as well as where and how I came up–the heart and soul of the record is the 5-part “Eternal Bolivarian” series, which is, essentially, a lyrical biography of El Comandante. Part I, “Comandante’s First Ascent”, is an introduction to Chavez and how much we love him. Part II, “Struggle For Venezuela”, takes us through Chavez’s history from his early days as a revolutionary coup plotter to the builder of the modern-day Bolivarian Revolution and its Republic. Part III, “Brothers Vs. Empire”, is an ode to Hugo’s solidarity with revolutionary states and oppressed peoples the world over. Part IV, “Pharisees On Blast”, is a tribute to El Comandante’s Anti-Zionism and heartfelt love for the Palestinian people. And Part V, the final chapter, “Comandante’s Second Ascent”, bids farewell to one of the greatest revolutionaries of all-time and salutes those carrying on his legacy. I am proud beyond proud of this album, among other reasons because my younger brother Jared Azaziah aka Dark Night did 18 of the 25 beats on it, and I know that if you zone out and take the time to absorb all the knowledge that waits herein, you will be blown away. I mean that with all sincerity and with all humbleness. So download, get your headphones on or turn your speakers way the hell up, and for El Comandante Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, LET IT KNOCK!

Refugees Of Rap: French-Funded “Hip-Hop” Tools For “Regime Change” In Syria

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

Goddamn do I hate these Judaized, Westoxified, colonized, House Arab, House Muslim motherfuckers, goddamn them all to hell. I’m sick right now. The reason? Allow me to introduce you to the Refugees of Rap, a “Hip-Hop” group which specializes in REGIME CHANGE RAP. No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. REGIME CHANGE RAP. Cut from the same cloth as the “emcees” funded by the US State Dept and Mossad-CIA tools Khaled M and Omar Offendum, Al-Jazeera says the Refugees of Rap are waging a “lyrical war” on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There are four quite glaringly disturbing things about these agent provocateurs, beyond the mere obviousness of how disgusting it is that Global South “MCs” are spewing bars in the name of a Zionist-Imperialist coup agenda. Continue reading Refugees Of Rap: French-Funded “Hip-Hop” Tools For “Regime Change” In Syria

Blak Madeen’s “Supreme Aftermath” Is A Modern-Day Hip-Hop Classic

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

There are those who constantly pontificate about Hip-Hop being dead and it is only a knockout away from being down for the count permanently. But such persons, apart from being ignorant imbeciles, don’t have their ears close enough to the ground to know that Hip-Hop is in fact alive and well with PLENTY left in the tank. The maddeningly ill Blak Madeen are proof of this conclusion and their newest record “Supreme Aftermath” drives the point home even further like a stake into the chest of a culture-vulture-vampire. Anybody who identifies as a Hip-Hop head needs to give this masterful piece of music a healthy spin, or two, or ten, or a hundred! The dynamically dope duo has got it all, madd bars, madd flows, consciousness, depth, attitude, a hell of an ear for beats, lots of scratches throughout the record for that true school/classic effect, some serious spiritual elevation and a wondrous chemistry that is rare among even the all-time great groups of Hip-Hop. Indeed, the tremendously talented twosome from Boston mesh on wax perfectly. Yusuf Abdul-Mateen Trombly, who I’ve had the pleasure and honor of building with at length over the past couple weeks, is the more lyrically gifted of the two, with rhyme schemes, insights and wisdom for days, and Al-J is the more sonically gifted of the two, with a crisp, fierce flow and a gritty voice reminiscent of Black Thought. Together, they make top-notch microphone chefs serving up some absolutely delicious Hip-Hop food for thought. Continue reading Blak Madeen’s “Supreme Aftermath” Is A Modern-Day Hip-Hop Classic

On Malcolm X’s (R.A.) Birthday, Y’all Need Rafiqi Green’s “X-Minded” In Your Life

by Jonathan “Madd Cold” Azaziah

For the Muslims of the world’s slums, ghettoes, projects, barrios, gutters, broken-down, working-class, low-income homes and dregs of all other sorts most especially, there is no greater inspiration than Malcolm X (R.A.), hands down. But surely, ANY Muslim from ANY walk of life and any NON-MUSLIM from ANY walk of life who is an acolyte of truth loves the man once known as Malcolm Little. Don’t matter if you’re African-American from Chicago, Iraqi Arab from Brooklyn, Afghan from Somerset, Irish from Boston, Italian from Philly, Liberian from Staten Island, Latino from LA, Lebanese Arab from Dearborn, Iranian from Houston, Palestinian Arab from Montreal, Pakistani from London, Ghanian from Acca, Syrian from Miami, Chechen from Moscow, and it goes on and on, we all draw hope and strength from this incredible human being who went from block-mainstay, hustler and inmate to the most influential revolutionary the Western world has ever known and one of the most important moujahideen ever in global history. And while El-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz is gone, taken from those who adored him by the FBI and the ADL way before his time–he’d be 91 today–the words, speeches, teachings and deeds he left behind have created a congregation of brothers and sisters walking his path and continuing his battle.

One such soldier, a massively gifted brother with a face full of Nour who is absolutely ridiculous on the mic-phone, is Rafiqi Green. Continue reading On Malcolm X’s (R.A.) Birthday, Y’all Need Rafiqi Green’s “X-Minded” In Your Life