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Khaled M

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When was the last time you were listening to a song and you heard a verse that made you immediately rewind the track to hear it again? To quote a Rakim lyric, “it’s been a long time.” Khaled M., an emcee who hails from Libya, Africa, but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, is looking to do something about this. “I’m really trying to get people excited about lyrics again,” he explains, “I’m trying to take it back to the days when rhyming actually mattered. ” In an era where dancemoves and ringtone sales give an artist more clout than actual talent, Khaled is able to combine his craftiness with genuine song writing ability to appease both hip hop purists and casual fans alike. Khaled’s goal may sound like an uphill battle to some, but he’s not worried, fighting uphill battles is in his blood. In Khaled’s case he gets it from his father, Fathi, who was part of a revolutionary movement in Libya.

Imprisoned for his role in a student protest against the government, Fathi was facing a shortened life in jail that would end with his execution. After five years of brutal, dehumanizing torture, Fathi amazingly managed to escape incarceration. Khaled spent the first few years of his life on the run, moving from city to city, as his father avoided spies and attempts on his life. Fathi and his family finally landed in Lexington, Kentucky, the former American homebase for the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. “I remember going to the pool with my father as a child and all the kids staring at his back,” Khaled explains.

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