Music Platforms Drop Antisemitic Canadian Rapper as Montreal Police Launch Hate Crime Investigation
Following complaints from a leading Jewish organization in Canada, global music distributors have begun removing songs recorded by a viciously antisemitic rapper that exhort listeners to kill Jews.
B’nai Brith Canada announced on Friday that songs recorded by Iraqi-Canadian Jonathan Azaziah – who records under the name Madd Cold – were being removed from online distribution platforms. On Sunday, the songs were no longer available on popular platforms like Soundcloud, BandCamp and Spotify, although YouTube continues to host some of Azaziah’s content.
The group added that the Hate Crimes Unit of the Montreal Police Service has launched an investigation of its own into Azaziah.
“Azaziah’s self-proclaimed goal with his music is to ‘liberate the current discourse in Western circles that centres around appeasing Zionist Jews, who constitute the greatest threat to the survival of human beings on Earth,'” a statement from B’nai Brith Canada said.
Azaziah, who calls himself “the Iraqi destroyer of Jewish lies,” has published dozens of songs where he calls members of the Jewish community “demons” and “parasites,” while describing them as servants of Shaytan, the Arabic term for Satan. Many of his verses propagate Holocaust denial, while others advocate genocide.
For example, during the song “How the Hooks Hook,” he says of Jewish people: “I don’t want to murder you quick/I want you to suffer for pitting brother against brother, destroying each other, and tearing us all asunder in your servitude pits.”
Following the removal of his music from the streaming site BandCamp, Azaziah took to social media to proclaim that the site, which was co-founded by two Jewish entrepreneurs, “decided to shut me down like they were performing some sort of Talmudic excommuniation (sic) ritual.”
Michael Mostyn, B’nai Brith Canada’s CEO, said that “Azaziah has not only proclaimed his desire to murder Jews but encourages others to do the same.”
“This is perhaps the most clear-cut case of incitement to violence against the Jewish people in Canada that we have seen in a long time,” he said.
Azaziah is also a vocal supporter of Bashar al Assad’s dictatorship in Syria. In one track entitled “Long Live the Resistance!” he paid tribute to Assad’s war on the Syrian people as a blow to “Zionist hegemony.”