After years of critical acclaim, Sri Lankan-bred rapper M.I.A. scored a hit when her song "Paper Planes" was featured in the trailer for the Seth Rogen film Pineapple Express. It didn't matter that the song had been released more than a year earlier on her album Kala.The new found hype even earned her a Grammy nomination for record of the Year.
Well, there is a new female MC from South Asia on the horizon, and she too raps politics.
Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari is the18-year-old daughter of assassinated Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto, the first woman to head a Muslim state, served as prime minster from 1988-1990 and 1993-1996. Her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, became president in September.
Bakhtawar wrote and produced a rap "I Would Take Away The Pain" about her mother, who was fatally shot in December 2007. Bakhtawar's tribute was uploaded to YouTube last week and gives a chilling account of her mother's slaying and also praises her for her courage as an activist.
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