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Mahin, Mort and Moga talk to hip hop artist Kayem (the artist formerly known as Khalid M.) about being on the no-fly list, the Libyan revolution, life as a Muslim Hip Hop artist.

Son of a Libyan revolutionary, Kayem is a Chicago-based hip-hop artist who was born into the struggle. His father was a political prisoner who helped form a pro-democracy movement after escaping prison. Kayem’s first trip to Libya, after spending a lifetime of advocacy in exile, was filmed in the docuseries “Sing Freedom”.

Yahoo! Music listed Kayem’s showcase at South by Southwest 2017 as “The 6 Best Things We Saw at SXSW” and he was listed as one of CNN’s “Most Interesting People”. He has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex Mag, The New York Times, and more.

Kayem relaunched his career with a name-change in 2017 after having to step away due to government restrictions. He detailed his experience on “Intercepted”, where he was a guest along with Edward Snowden.

With a story fit for a Hollywood script and a loyal, hungry international fan base, there’s no question Kayem’s time is now.

 

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One comment on “EP 071: SSSS – You Are Not Cleared for Takeoff | KAYEM

  1. Fatima Jul 22, 2017

    I really enjoyed this program. I knew every little about muslim rappers and activism. Kayem brought some nuance to the situation in Libya. Although I don’t listen to music, as a child of a migrant I could relate to the lyric. Brilliant!

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