- The Narcicyst
Infobox Musical artist
Name = The Narcicyst
Img_size = 150
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Yassin Alsalman
Alias = The Narcicyst, Narcy, Jamal Abdul, Illuminarcy, Illiam Sheiksbeard, Narcy of the Euphrates
Born = 1982
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Genre = Hip hop,
political hip hop, conscious hip hop
Years_active = 2000–present
Associated_acts = Sandhill, Euphrates,
URL = [http://www.narcy.net www.narcy.net]
Yassin Alsalman, better known by his
stage nameThe Narcicyst (or Narcy), is an Iraqi hip hopperformer [Richards, Jason. [http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/discs.cfm?content=159214&archive=26,47,2007 Disc Review: EUPHRATES] , "Now Toronto"] cite web | url =http://antropologi.info/anthropology/copy/socially_conscious_hiphop.html | title =The Narcicyst of Euphrates:Profile | accessdate =2007-08-19 | publisher=antropologi.info] . Originating from Basra, he was born and raised in Dubai. Now living in Montreal, Canada, [ [http://www.4080records.com/?m=20080321 The Narcicyst: Iraqi-Canadian Hip-hop] ] he has experienced both the Western worldand the Arab world. He was frontman to hip hop band Euphrates but is now going solo after the loss of one of the band members.
Rapping in both
Iraqi Arabicand English, his complex lyrics address some of the most politically charged issues of our time, including the 9/11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq, Islamaphobiaand the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has also done shows in Spain, United States, Canadaand the Middle East. One of his songs, "Commodore 64", was a club hit on the East Coast of North America.fact|date=April 2008
Euphrates (including Narcy's vocals) provided the soundtrack to the film "
Voices of Iraq", also being featured in " The Georgia Straight" and "Time". [ [http://www.montrealmirror.com/2005/010605/euphrates.html "Gone but not forgotten"] , "Montreal Mirror"] Over the years, The Narcicyst has shared stages solo and with Euphrates opening for the likes of Talib Kweli, Kanye West, Non Phixion, Madlib, A-Trak, Brother Ali, DJ Vadim[ [http://www.apathyisboring.com/en/art_music/39 Featured Artist: Narcicyst] ] , Dead Prezand Afu Ra[ [http://es.geocities.com/correoartform/ent_euphratesing.htm ARTFORM:Euphrates] ] to name a few.
A graduate in
political scienceand communication studies, Narcy went on to get a masters degreein media studiesfocusing on the identity politics in Hip hop poetics, specifically encountering and dissecting the Arab Americanexperience through his project thesis entitled "Fear of An Arab Planet".Aside from music, he is a journalist, peace activist and advocate between Arabs and Jews.fact|date=April 2008 He is known to be a very friendly and approachable fellow who often takes the time to chat with fans and friends alike. He currently resides in Montreal, Canada with his wife.
* "A Bend in the River (album)" (2003)
* "Stereotypes Incorporated" (2004)
The Euphrates Collection" (2006)
Solo and Collaborative LPs
Stuck Between Iraq and a Hard Place" (2006)
* "The Arab Summit's Fear Of An Arab Planet" (2007)
Stuck Between Iraq and a Hard Place Vol. 2" (2008)
* "The Illuminarcy Trilogy"
* "Commodore 64" (2005 Expertism Records)
Arabic hip hop
* [http://www.narcy.net/ Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/euphrates The Narcicyst] at
* [http://www.montrealmirror.com/2006/102606/cover_music.html Article by Rupert Bottenberg] , "Montreal Mirror"
* [http://www.straight.com/article/euphrates-keeps-it-positive Euphrates Keeps it Positive] by Tara Henley
* [http://www.orlandoweekly.com/music/review.asp?rid=3141 "Stereotypes Incorporated" review]
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