Think the U.S. has a lock on hip hop-inspired street art? Think again! Fans of old school rappers Tupac and Biggie Smalls have left their mark on the streets of Amman, Jordan.
I came across this hastily scrawled tribute to America’s “rap kings” during my visit to the Middle East in April.
The hip hop shout-out is surrounded by other graffiti, some in Arabic, on a cobblestone-paved street in Jordan’s capital.
Unlike the street art in Cairo, Egypt, this work does not appear to have a political message. However, all of the graffiti wasn’t lighthearted. A street philosopher scrawled the line, “Casp!! God?!” across the wall of a gated building.
I was surprised to find this graffiti in an upscale part of Amman, located near Al-Rainbow and Fawzi Al-Ma’Louf streets. It sits near the entrance to the Wild Jordan restaurant and gift shop.
Wild Jordan is part of Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), and is responsible for developing eco-tourism businesses in national parks.
I didn’t see much evidence of hip hop culture in this small Middle Eastern nation, but I enjoyed seeing the familiar names– Tupac, Easy E, and B.I.G.– on a street 5,756 miles from home!
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This is the latest in a series of reports on the “Restoring the Journey” trip that brought US tourism leaders to Egypt and Jordan to investigate travel safety. I accompanied the delegation, which was sponsored by local tourism ministries.