Abdel-Rahman Al-Shantti (born September 14, 2008) known professionally as MC Abdul or MCA Abdul is a Palestinian rapper from Gaza, Palestine. He gained popularity when he sang a rap about freedom, in front of his school in Gaza which garnered hundreds of thousands of views on social media. Subsequently, as of June 2022, his videos for “Shouting At The Wall” and “Palestine” have received 297,000 views and 505,000 views, respectively, on YouTube alone. MC Abdul rapper from Palestine 🎤 Spreading peace, love & unity through music. Page managed by his dad. >> MC ABDUL
Abdel-Rahman Al-Shantti was born in Gaza, Palestine. His mother had surgery to treat CNV bleeding in Egypt around 2007 but Al-Shantti said his mother was not able to maintain the surgery due to the siege over Gaza. Started rapping and writing songs at age nine. He began recording cover versions of his favorite tracks and sharing them with friends and online. His family exposed him to artists such as Eminem and fellow Palestinian DJ Khaled, the former of which Abdul considers to be one of his four favourites; the others are NF, Tupac and Jay-Z. He said he would like to go on Arab Idol like fellow Palestinian Mohammed Assaf.
I put a lot of my feelings into this one
In 2020, Al-Shantti advocated on behalf of Palestinian families in Gaza who were bombed. Following the release of his song, he caught the attention of record label Empire. MC Abdul spoke about the importance of rapping as a tool for coping with challenging times saying “The power that I have in my pen when I’m writing, I am unstoppable. The microphone is the only escape possible”. Shouting at the Wall is his first song with record label Empire.
The label and music distribution company was founded in 2010 by Palestinian-American Ghazi Shamiand and has its headquarters in San Francisco. It has released hits by the likes of hip-hop stars Tyga (Taste), Fat Joe (All the Way Up) and XXXTentacion (Look at Me). Abdul got himself on Empire’s radar after his song, Palestine, went viral.
Released in May amid the latest bout of conflict, the track had him rapping about the Palestinian cause over beats of Eminem’s Cleanin’ Out My Closet. “Because my only mission is to make people listen,” the lyrics go. “This one is for Sheikh Jarrah, hoping it can make a difference.”
The uncompromising lyrics and Abdul’s talent resulted in more than five million Instagram views in the first four days, as well as a repost from Palestinian-American star producer DJ Khaled.
Music figures who showed the video love included The Weeknd’s manager Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby and Palestinian hip-hop artists Suhell Nafar and Anees the Rapper.
“I’m really excited to show you my first official release,” Abdul posted on Instagram to promote Shouting at the Wall. “I put a lot of my feelings into this one.”
MC Abdul Singles
“Shouting At The Wall” (2021)
“Palestine [FREESTYLE]” (2021)
“Better Life” (2021)
“My Only Way to Voice” (2021)
“I May Be Young” (2021)
“MC Abdul Raps With His Friends At School!” (2020)
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