In times of great turmoil musicians find inspiration in the moment and attempt to capture the state of political unrest and put the revolution to music and art. In Libya, there’s no exception. MC Swat, 23, is a lyricist who’s been writing blistering lyrics against the Gaddafi regime since the uprising began in February.
For decades, musicians feared government agents and paid informants. If their lyrics were deemed hostile to the state, “I would be shot to death like Tupac,” says MC Swat while flanked by his DJ, and a machine gun-bearing friend. Making music is a freedom they want more than anything and these artists of the revolution say they represent the true Libya: the one that’s been buried for 42 years.
Here is a sampling of MC Swat’s lyrical skills: