Lazarus exclusive 19MCs interview!

Unlike Dr. Dre, this MC is an actual medical doctor. Dr. Khan aka Lazarus, representing Pakistan and Detroit, Michigan and a current MC on the first quarter 19MCs list, breaks down what its like being an MC from a doctors point of view.

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about political and/or social topics?

Laz: I just felt it was my obligation as an MC to speak out about oppression taking place on myself and others like me. I’m not afraid to voice my opinion, and I use hip hop as a vehicle to do it.

N19: #1 Hero in your life?

Laz: My father, who literally came from nothing from his village in Pakistan to make something of himself in America.

N19: What does consciousness mean to you?

Laz: As it pertains to hip hop, I consider it using rhymes to get people to think. To spark the intellect.

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? Why?

Laz: Nas and Eminem for their storytelling and wordplay

N19: What is one of the major obstacles in the music industry for you?

Laz: Record companies telling me that I don’t fit the mold of a rapper. To make it seem like it’s a crime to be educated and rap at the same time.

N19: Would you rather be on a Label or be/remain Indie…what is your flavor?

Laz: Independent. I want creative control over my music. Making the impact I want to have on people’s lives can’t happen if somebody’s telling me what I can and can’t say.

N19: Tell us your most dopest verse.

Laz: First verse of “Dream of a Hustler” or “Godflow”.

N19: Whats your fav thing to do when you are not doing music?

Lazarus: Between being a full-time practicing physician and a full-time MC, I try to sleep when I can.

N19: Carnivore or Veggies?

Laz: Carnivore. On and off the mic.

N19: ASCAP or BMI or Neither?

Laz: ASCAP.

N19: If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Laz: Ignorant people.

Enoch 7th Prophet Exclusive 19MCs Interview!

Nation19 interviewed the dope MC’s from the 19MCs list and they shared some of the most inspirational words for. This is what Enoch shared. A Washington DC Native that keeps it real…….. hiphop that is.  

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about political and/or social topics?

Enoch: I wanted to rap about things that can and should be a reflection of my community, inner self, and the changing world around us. In order for a person to rap about social topics and/or politics, you have to be involved in the culture of reality…. This lack of artists not saying anything with substance is my inspiration to write on topics that can make a listener think twice.

N19: Favorite book you recommend reading?

Enoch: “The Wise Mind of H.I.M Emperor Halie Selassie I”

edited and forward: H.I.H Prince Ermias Shil Selassie

introduction: Ras Sekou S. Tafari

N19: #1 Hero in your life?

Enoch:My Grandmother

N19: What does consciousness mean to you?

Enoch: It means to be self-aware of your being. It means to have knowledge of yourself. It means to have a full overstand of the god consciousness that surround us daily because even the unconsciousness is still consciousness within his/her own understanding.

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? Why?

Enoch: RedMan ( Reggie Noble) has always been my favorite emcee since 92’ “Thee Whut? Album”. Redman made me want to visit Newark NJ aka Brick City. I appreciate the concepts, bars and how he approaches a song along with his style of writing. He’s always reinventing himself.

Black Thought along with Redman have always been my fav emcees because both artists are highly underrated and rarely talked about when it comes to bars. Black Thought is El-Presidente when it comes to freestyle, concepts, and writing styles that are unmatched, to say the least.

N19: What is one of the major obstacles in the music industry for you?

Enoch: When this mumble rap gets more attention then the emcees who have something to say.

N19: Would you rather be on a Label or be/remain Indie…what is your flavor?

Enoch: The goals are to remain indie, thats why I created a label called “Chakra Music, LLC” with my Deejay KING CEE. This is a sure way for us to control the narrative of our vision.

N19: Tell us your most dopest verse?

Enoch: Recognize the voice

Know the name

E 7th P

Change the game

few years change my name

Switch lanes on lames, who aim

stop mines hiphop since 89

Fine like wine, don’t drink never got drunk

sober rhymes ova Heavy Drum/ snares

Makes da hearing impaired

I dare/can’t to take me off my square

In my bboy stance.

Ordering the crowd to throw up

Their hands!!! Now ya chance

Get involved, stay active in the cause

Not Just BECAUSE!!

Do it for the culture,

Not for the applause

Bearer of the light

To the lost-Souls

I so suppose I pose a threat

To any demon possess, wanna test

God in the flesh

These are the words dat I manifest!

“Illuminate”-Enoch 7th Prophet

N19: What’s your fav thing to do when you are not doing music?

Enoch: Playing the drums and photography.

N19: Carnivore or Veggies?

Enoch: Veggies

N19: ASCAP or BMI or Neither?

Enoch: ASCAP

N19: If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

Enoch: Poverty .. I would eliminate it and add universal health care

Ibn Orator Exclusive 19MCs Interview!

Ibn Orator from New Haven Connecticut, just one of the dope MCs from our first quarter 19MCs list, tells us why he became a political rapper and why he feels they are needed. 

N19: What inspired you to want to rap about politics or social topics? 

Ibn: When I first started raping it wasn’t my intention to rap about politics and social issues but more of taking notice on how the walls around me were closing in and why ….ive always looked at others with curiosity of why people do the things they do and why we suffer

What inspired me to rap about these certain issues was when I realized the blueprint of our society had 6 faces instead of 3 after reading books like Albert pike morals and dogma and digesting concepts like the Ashlar stone.. which enhanced my perception of the world and all of its grey areas.

N19: Favorite book you recommend? 

Ibn: Freedom of the known by Khrishnamurti

N19: #One hero in life? 

Ibn: Well he might not agree with this nor may he
see this coming, but initially if I had to choose one hero it would be Harvey Jonzz of Setlionsden in New Haven CT.

Well known personal trainer now all over

Long story short if it wasn’t for him I might not have been MCing right now ….when I was 19, him being an MC himself at the time, became my mentor and he was the one who inspired me to rap ….

He didn’t realize it but with as much as I was going through in my personal life back then and as the years passed by hip hop was what kept me sane and civilized…. It helped me venture through so many emotions that I’m not sure I could have done on my own…..

And that in itself with as much as I’ve accomplish on my own since then …I have to thank Harvey for starting the process and that in itself is what makes him a hero to me.

N19: What is Consciousness to me? 

Ibn: Consciousness is the ability to realize that one can not measure its limits and all the more reason to explore what it means to you.
It is the true essence of all and nothing simultaneously

N19: Who are your top two MC’s? And why 

Ibn: Lupe fiasco for his imagery ….he has such a very concise and vivid way of drawing the picture for you in plain language …and very informative with his music.

And Jay Electronica’s handle on folklore and antiquity in his approach with how he connects the two with his words and how much info he can cram into one line is very beautiful to me. I also admire his self reflection and way of tackling real world issues in his songs as well.

N19: What is one of major obstacles in the music industry for you ? 

Ibn: To be honest I haven’t really tackled the industry to find out and I’m not sure if I need to …I believe the industry will come to me ……perhaps when I was 19 the music industry was all I wanted …but as the years passed by …I haven’t felt I needed to ” tackle ” anything …my spirit has brought me to all sorts of platforms that I’ve felt would propel me forward …and I have faith that the universe bares no ill to me and I bare no ill to it…… I am confident I will succeed and go beyond all expectation …

N19: Would you rather be on a label or remain indie? What’s your flavor? 

Ibn: Well I am still exploring what it means to be indie ….grant it if a label were to approach me and I deemed a record deal suitable, I would gladly take the offer only if it meant that my vision can come to life creatively … But for now I am doing that on my own.

N19: Tell us your dopest verse … .

Ibn: There’s an unreleased song of mine called “pandemonium” that I excluded from my last project due to crunch time and last minute decisions ….

But it goes:

“Once upon an apsis// sicker than your average// psyche ward on a farce of the Dmt lighting matches // there was, funk on the basset

Cruising down the block to spot a narc on the ave plotting plants in Easter baskets // as syphilis in a vat from out of space got elastic like nasa hatch it//

with winter soldiers out of hydra//in the cut like a mansion on abroad to the hood giving to the poor// can’t see them? I can’t seem them either…..

The basis of a liar// that’s singing like Mariah to an infant in a fire of combustion on ambien”-

Ibn Orator

And the rest of this song will have to be heard on the official release of the track….. But I believe that was my dopest verse.

N19: Whats your favorite thing to do when you’re not doing music? 

Ibn: I like to watch anime a lot especially abridged versions for comical relief… as well as spend time with my girlfriend. There’s a lot of things I like to do when I’m not doing music… it’s kinda hard to name one …lol i also like to study and watch movies that provoke thought.

N19: Carnivore or veggies? 

Ibn: Mostly veggies with a little bit of meat as of lately.

N19: ASCAP or BMI? 

Ibn: I’m currently on BMI.

N19: If you can change one thing in the world what would it be? 

Ibn: Idk there’s too many things to consider …I would perhaps change our educational system into something more based on self awareness for people of all trades of the world… Not exactly keen on that for sure …I would have to take more time to think about what it is exactly I would change.

Research shows more Muslims reside in Asia-Pacific than the Middle East.

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily freezing immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries would affect only about 12% of the world’s Muslims, according to estimates from a Pew Research Center report on the current and projected size of religious groups. In fact, of the seven countries named in the new immigration ban – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – only one, Iran, is among the 10 countries with the largest Muslim populations.

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making Islam the world’s second-largest religious tradition after Christianity. And although many people, especially in the United States, may associate Islam with countries in the Middle East or North Africa, nearly two-thirds (62%) of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center analysis. In fact, more Muslims live in India and Pakistan (344 million combined) than in the entire Middle East-North Africa region (317 million).
FT_17.01.31whereMuslimsLive

Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries around the world. The country with the largest number (about 209 million) is Indonesia, where 87.2% of the population identifies as Muslim. India has the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million), though Muslims make up just 14.4% of India’s total population.

Two-thirds of all Muslims worldwide live in the 10 countries shown below. Of the 10 countries, six are in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey), three are in North Africa (Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) and one is in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria).

Countries with the Largest Number of Muslims

Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Population
Indonesia 202,867,000 88.2% 12.9%
Pakistan 174,082,000 96.3 11.1
India 160,945,000 13.4 10.3
Bangladesh 145,312,000 89.6 9.3
Egypt 78,513,000 94.6 5.0
Nigeria 78,056,000 50.4 5.0
Iran 73,777,000 99.4 4.7
Turkey* 73,619,000 ~98 4.7
Algeria 34,199,000 98.0 2.2
Morocco* 31,993,000 ~99 ~2
* Data for Turkey and Morocco come primarily from general population surveys, which are less reliable than censuses or large-scale demographic and health surveys for estimating minority-majority ratios (see Methodology). As a result, the percentage of the population that is Muslim in these two countries is rounded to the nearest integer.

Muslim Population by Region

  Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Population
Asia-Pacific 972,537,000 24.1% 61.9%
Middle East-North Africa 315,322,000 91.2 20.1
Sub-Saharan Africa 240,632,000 30.1 15.3
Europe 38,112,000 5.2 2.4
Americas 4,596,000 0.5 0.3
World Total 1,571,198,000 22.9 100.0
Note: The list of countries that make up each region can be found in the section titled “World Muslim Population by Region and Country.”