Mr. Iraq Takes the Mic
A fast-rapping MC injects renewed rhythm into the saga of the Iraqi people.
Twenty-eight-year old Tommy Hanna was born in San Diego, where his parents settled in the 1970s after fleeing Iraq. Hanna has drawn from his dual cultures to launch a rap career under the name “Timz,” often creating rhymes about the Iraqi-American experience—and attracting more than 800,000 YouTube views. His producer, Alvin Shamoun, a.k.a. Entre-P or Biggie Babylon, is a childhood friend who has directed several rap videos that dissect the clichés about their community.
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