Exclusive New Music: Freeway x Amir Sulaiman x Ayah x The Narcicyst x Omar Offendum “#Jan25th” (produced by Sami Matar)

Mikey and Miss Info: Hip hop at its finest addresses the world around us and calls for action. And as Egypt undergoes one of the most dramatic political upheavals in history, a few dedicated MCs from this side of the globe have recorded a dedication track for the people of Egypt, who have been turning their country upside down in an effort to get rid of the current president and the status quo. Freeway has never shied away from working his Muslim faith into his music, but here he takes on world politics, teaming up with HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, Canadian singer Ayah, and two other emcees the Narcicyst and Omar Offendum on a track by Palestinian-American producer Samir Matar). The title “#Jan25″ refers to the start date of the protests, and I’m sure the hashtag reflects the role social networking played in process as well.

Special thanks to Amir Abbassy, who manages Freeway and executive-produced the track.

Related: V Testimony: Freeway’s Manager Amir Abbassy Speaks On The Turmoil In Egypt

Related: The Wall Street Journal reports on Egyptian rappers and the protests

Also Related: Alicia Keys posted her reactions to the Egyptian uprising on her blog and discussed how she felt the “winds of change” even when she visited to Egypt last year. Also, how the naming of her and Swizz Beats’ son Eypt colors her view of the protests. Unfortunately, Alicia’s blog requires a membership signup, so, I’ll just include a quote here and more after the jump:
I have visited Egypt and, as I traveled through along the streets of Cairo, the back streets of Alexandria and the villages along the Nile, it was easy to see that a small, quiet vibration was growing, building, reaching to a pitch that is now heard by the ears of the world…There have been many who have attempted to deny the force of change as if trying to prevent a flower from its blossom or a mother from giving birth. In every case this deeply rooted will to express what cannot be denied, rises up and forces all of us to recognize and respect this voice that produced the sound of freedom playing long and strong throughout Egypt…Now when I look at my son, I realize more than ever that his name represents more than the will to be free – it stands for the fight for change, and the courage to shout! We can hear the voice… and it is ours.

download link, full press release and Alicia’s post after the jump…

Download Link: Freeway x Amir Sulaiman x Ayah x The Narcicyst x Omar Offendum “#Jan25th” (produced by Sami Matar)

PRESS RELEASE via Freeway and Amir Abbassy:

Inspired by the resilience of Egyptian people during their recent uprising, several notable musicians from North America have teamed up to release a song of solidarity and empowerment. The track is fittingly titled “#Jan25″ as a reference to both the date the protests officially began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter. Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah – this track serves as a testament to the revolution’s effect on the hearts and minds of today’s youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide.

For more on the contributors: Omar Offendum (MC #1) – http://twitter.com/Offendum, The Narcicyst (MC #2) – http://twitter.com/TheNarcicyst, Freeway (MC #3) – http://twitter.com/PhillyFreezer, Amir Sulaiman (MC #4) http://twitter.com/AmirSulaiman, Ayah (R&B Vocalist) – http://twitter.com/AyahMusic, Sami Matar (Producer) – http://twitter.com/SamiMatar, and the artwork design by Ridwan Adhami http://www.ridzdesign.com

ALICIA KEYS on Egypt’s uprising against President Mubarak and for democracy….

“When people find themselves caught in a place where their dreams, hopes and ideas have nowhere to breathe or fly, something happens. Something that is so natural and powerful, like the water we seek when thirsty, or the food we need when hungry takes over.

“This energy to change, to move in a different direction produces a voice – a voice loud and strong enough to vibrate and shake the wall that attempts to oppress the will of the masses and the fight for the future. From that first small voice that dared to speak, to resist, to protest – a small, but important insult has now grown into a voice of millions that cannot and will not be silenced.

“I have visited Egypt and, as I traveled through along the streets of Cairo, the back streets of Alexandria and the villages along the Nile, it was easy to see that a small, quiet vibration was growing, building, reaching to a pitch that is now heard by the ears of the world.

“There have been many who have attempted to deny the force of change as if trying to prevent a flower from its blossom or a mother from giving birth. In every case this deeply rooted will to express what cannot be denied, rises up and forces all of us to recognize and respect this voice that produced the sound of freedom playing long and strong throughout Egypt.

“Now as the light of the sun and the sand gust winds from the Sahara blow without permission and cover the streets and pyramids, let’s remember that this undeniable spirit to speak – even to shout from the heart, should never be denied and never, ever be ignored.

“Now when I look at my son, I realize more than ever that his name represents more than the will to be free – it stands for the fight for change, and the courage to shout! We can hear the voice… and it is ours.”