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Swedish rapper Silvana Imam uses her razor-sharp tongue to capture the movements taking place in society today, personifying a new generation along the way. The film is both an intimate love story and a unique look at the raucous early years of her career.

Director: Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis
Year: 2017
Time: 90 min

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Silvana Imam: The One Who Stands Out Front

“Often girls come up to me and say ‘you got me into hip hop.’ That’s one of the biggest compliments I can get.”

Read more in the interview from Red Bull Music Academy.

Silvana Imam, the Swedish rapper fighting Neo-Nazis

“I don’t think about my sexual orientation when I create. I want to be respected for my music and art. I am not a politician. Do heterosexual men get these questions about what they do to make the world a safer place for homosexuals? If not, you really should ask them since they are the reason for this patriarchal system.”

Read the whole interview at Hornet.

Silvana Sway interview from 2015

“Silvana Imam Discusses Speaking out Against Neo-Nazi’s, Describes Swedish Rap & ‘Power Pussy’ ”

Watch the interview from Sway.

Meet Silvana Imam, the Queer Feminist Rapper Who’s Taking on Sweden’s Fascists with Hip-Hop

“I write songs about my life, and since I write through a lesbian-immigrant-woman’s perspective, it’s labeled as “political.” I’m letting people know how fucked up the world is through my art.”

Continue reading on  Noisey.

The Musical Collective Respect My Hustle

Learn about the musical collective RMH formed by Silvana’s manager Babak Azarmi, featuring artists like Silvana Imam and Adam Tensta. Read the interview with Azarmi from Totally Stockholm.

RMH has now transformed into TRANS94. Babak Azarmi answers why in the article from  Red Bull Music.

Naturkraft explores Silvana’s experiences as a refugee in Sweden

“Nobody gives us space to tell our stories so we must fight for that space without anyone’s help. I’ve been fighting for this location, waged war to tell my story and I need you to listen. I am Lithuanian-Arab and I’m SWEDISH. Third culture kid. Modern Swedish. Let us together create new traditions, we are all creators of our time.”

Watch 17-minute film  Naturkraft  Silvana released last year.

Silvana Imam creates hip-hop over the borders

“The music has become freer, more widespread, and more international. Previously grounded in silos inside each individual country, artists are now reaching out to their neighbors much more while still rapping in their own languages. Cross-border collaboration is now the rule rather than the exception as language barriers are broken down.”

Read more on Scandinavian Traveler.

Hip-Hop Might Be the New Mainstream News Outlet

“Society has been craving a political medium that accurately speaks for its people, a craving so strong that it has shifted traditional political commentary to today’s most politically aware music genre: hip-hop.”

Continue reading on  Consequence of Sound.

9 Hip-Hop Artists Who Embrace Being Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual

“It’s no secret that there’s been a longstanding stigma when it comes to homosexuality in hip-hop. Some artists have even had their rap careers tarnished by rumors that they were interested in someone of the same sex. But as a new generation of hip-hop consumers emerge, the culture is proving to be more open-minded than ever before.”

Read more on XXL Mag.


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