Late last year, I caught up with Ramallah-based rapper Boikutt during his first show at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut.

To reach the performance space, we had to cut a path around piles of garbage surrounding the camp– lighting our way through the pitch dark night with cell phones. Once inside, Shatila is a bustling shantytown that crams at least 10,000 people over a one square kilometer patchwork of shops, homes and institutions.

Boikutt spoke about the challenges Palestinian MCs face in connecting with fans and his new single “Wal’a” (Light it up) directed at Middle East dictators. Video shot and edited by filmmaker Anna Fahr.

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