Most Baha’is can probably relate to the frustrating fact that so much of the music we hear on the radio and on the charts right now have awesome beats and catchy tunes, but the lyrics are… well, let’s just say that they’re not very good for the soul.
Enter Karim, who’s one half of the popular Baha’i R&B/Hip-Hop duo Nabil & Karim, and he’s trying to change that!
Karim has embarked on a lyrical remix mission. His aim is to create a 10 song remix album aimed at shining new light on some of our favourite songs by recreating and rewriting the lyrics in order to make them more meaningful and ‘elevated’.
By using GoFundMe.com to raise enough money, Karim aims to have the album completed by October this year, and as he works on the tracks, he’s posting some of them on Youtube.
I decided to catch up with Karim once again, to find out more about this initiative.
Baha’i Blog: Hi Karim, can you tell our readers a little bit about how this initiative came into being?
Well, myself and a few others close to me were becoming more and more appalled at the lyrics that are being allowed to float through the airwaves. So after the conference in Arizona where I gave a talk on “A year of service”, I challenged the audience to make personal goals and I joined them. One of my goals was to use popular instrumentals to create rap songs that shined a new light on some the most well known songs of this generation. So I decided to upload a series of YouTube videos just casually rapping over instrumentals into the webcam. This process started in January of this year.
Baha’i Blog: Why do you think this sort of thing is so important?
I truly believe that music is a tool which we can use to access our inherent nobility. Because of this belief, I am constantly striving to find new and creative ways of encouraging such the noble use of such a widely poisoned art form.
Baha’i Blog: How have you chosen which songs to work on?
I try to choose songs where I love the beat and dance to it or nod my head to it, but when I listen to what’s being said I laugh out loud from feeling uncomfortable because I know that families are listening as well and millions of youngsters are polluting their brains with hyper-sexualized false perceptions of love.
Baha’i Blog: It’s a great idea and do you think this is this something you’re going to just keep doing over the years?
I am confident that these lyrical remixes will continue well into the future. It’s something I love doing and people are saying they like my versions better!
Baha’i Blog: Thanks Karim! It’s a great initiative and I can’t wait to hear the album!
You can support Karim in this endeavour by going to his page on GoFundMe.com, and below is an example of the type of thing that Karim is working on. It’s a track called Paths of Delusion, and it’s based on Flo Rida’s song called Whistle – but the lyrics take the song to a whole other level. Check it out!
About the Author
Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for more than a decade and he’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the DawnBreaker Collective and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of MANA albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the Building Momentum and Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!More Posts by Naysan