Advertiser·Posted on Jun 30, 20155 Ways This Iraqi Hip-Hop Artist Is Changing The Narrative Around ArabsNarcy = Neo-Arab Rebel Called Yassinby Dara ElassBuzzFeed Data AnalystFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Yassin Alsalman, artistically known as Narcy, formerly The Narcicyst, is a hip-hop and multimedia artist of Iraqi origin, who grew up in the UAE and Montreal. Hassan Hajjaj His goal is "to humanize our experience as Arabs, as Muslims, or as Others... because a lot of times when people present us, they present us in an extreme, polarized version." Tamara Abdul Hadi for The Medium Here are five powerful ways he's doing just that: 1. Through hip-hop (or as he defines it: "Highly Intelligent People Hovering Over Politics"). View this track on SoundCloud w.soundcloud.com His music reflects his reality as an Arab and Muslim growing up between cultures, in a post-9/11 world. He just released his new album, World War Free, which he described as a "narrative-based record, best listened to in its entirety." View this video on YouTube youtube.com His song, "Hamdulillah," was featured in Fast and Furious 7. He also has an all-Arabic album. View this track on Spotify embed.spotify.com This is a beautiful track for the children of Iraq (featuring his grandfather reciting poetry). 2. By producing a short film. View this video on YouTube youtube.com He told BuzzFeed that the message behind the film, Rise, released earlier this month, is to remember to not put your financial gain above your creative gain, or "your money before your soul." 3. Through prose. View this video on Vimeo vimeo.com He wrote a book called The Diatribes of a Dying Tribe. Jadaliyya called it "a manifesto of sorts: on bicultural identity, on globalization, on hip-hop, on hip-hop culture, on politics, on poetics, on resistance, on peace, on war, on frustration, on calm, on family, on adolescence, on Arabs in the West." The book received praise from Talib Kweli. Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli Reading this Diatribes of a Dying Tribe by @TheNarcicyst it's fantastic. Now where can I get that Fear of An Arab Planet 08:03 PM - 19 Apr 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite 4. By expressing himself through fashion. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com In his own words: "One of the elements of hip-hop is how you present yourself. I like mixing cultures, because that's how I grew up." View this photo on Instagram instagram.com View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 5. By co-founding an art collective. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com The Medium is an art collective for artists to pool resources and help each other with projects. In the past year, they have curated two art shows and did three festivals, with more to come. His message to readers: "Don't believe the hype and take time to listen to people of different backgrounds. The thing we have the most in common is our differences, and if we embrace that I think the world would be a better place."