US rapper and master of lyrical poetry Sullee J returns to the mic again to release the latest single from his upcoming mixtape Victory. The new track is entitled “Deen over Dunya” and was produced by AnnoDominiBeats. His latest track is dedicated to the role that his Islamic faith plays in his life. Just as many mainstream rappers past and present referred to ‘Jesus Peace’ and Biblical phrases in their wordplay, Sullee J’s latest single is a statement of his faith’s guiding hand in his life, career, and messages, delivered in his unmistakable flow. Sullee also touches on the history of Islam, a religion that shares many of its prophets and beliefs with other Abrahamic faiths such as the Christianity that has inspired and strengthened many of his fellow musicians in hip-hop.
Sullee J raps about what being a Muslim means to him as he negotiates and stands above a tough and dark world, a world which often successfully lures in other musicians into the wrong path. The song title says it all. ‘Deen’ means religion in Arabic, while ‘dunya’ means ‘the world’ or ‘worldly things’ in not only Arabic, but also Hindi, Turkish and Urdu. It is Sullee J’s statement for his faith being of more importance than worldly comforts, because the dunya is in his words, a ‘bad deception’. The flyer for the new single drives that message deeper and further as a cartoonified Sullee J straddles the boundaries between the heavenly skies of ‘jannat’ and the tormentous hellfire of ‘jahannam’. Deen over Dunya could well be a defining moment in the new world of American Muslim rap.
“In all sincerity, this is written for your clarity,
This is not a fiction, this is truth for your disparity”