Monday, April 3, 2017

Mona Haydar - "Hijabi" (Wrap my Hijab) video, lyrics & lyric analysis

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases Mona Haydar's social activist rap "Hijabi" (Wrap my Hijab).

A video and lyrics to this rap are included along with notes that I compiled about the meanings of certain references in this rap.

The content of this post is presented for socio-cultural, religious, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Mona Haydar for her positive activism. Thanks to all others who are featured in this video and/or who had a role in producing this rap and this video.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

"Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American activist and poet from Flint, Michigan....

In the video, directed by artist and songwriter Tunde Olaniran, Haydar is flanked by a squad of Muslim women and raps about wrapping her hijab, shutting down haters and celebrating diversity of women around the world."...

From This Pregnant Syrian's New Rap Song Slams The Hijab Haters In Powerful Style!, KC ARCHANA MARCH 31, 2017
"From sharing hijab-free pictures online to dodging moral police through an app, over the years, scores of Muslim women have been fearlessly displaying their rebellious streak. At a time when Hijab still reigns as a symbol of suppression, a rap song titled Hijabi, released by poet, environmentalist and activist Mona Haydar to celebrate Muslim Women’s Day (March 27) has caught fire on the internet.

Haydar who is eight-months pregnant in the video, says the song celebrates the diversity of all beautiful women around the world.

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Hijabi by Mona Haydar (Wrap my Hijab)

mona haydar, Published on Mar 27, 2017

#hijabiXmona is the debut music video by new independent artist Mona Haydar.

"Hijabi" is the first single from her forthcoming EP. Lyrics below.

Buy the song on iTunes:

Verse 1
What that hair look like
Bet that hair look nice
Don’t that make you sweat?
Don’t that feel too tight?
Yo what yo hair look like
Bet yo hair look nice
How long your hair is
You need to get yo life
You only see Oriental
You steady working that dental
You poppin off at the lip
And run ya mouth like a treadmill
Not your exotic vacation
I’m bored with your fascination
I need that PayPal, PayPal, PayPal
If you want education

All around the world
Love women every shading
be so liberated
All around the world
Love women every shading
power run deep
So even if you hate it
I still wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap my hijab
Wrap, wrap my hijab

Keep swaggin my hijabis
Swag-Swaggin my hijabis
Swaggin my hijabis
Swag-swaggin my hijabis

Verse 2
Me and my hijabi ladies
We was born in the eighties
So pretty like the Euphrates
and party like some Kuwaitis
Deeper than some diplomas
Current like some hot yoga
Takin back the misnomers and
Teleportin through trauma
Teleportin through trauma
Teleportin through trauma
I been stackin my karma
Nefertiti, no drama
Make a feminist planet
Women haters get banished
Covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted


You’re just jealous of my sisters
These Mipsters, These hippies
These Prissies, These Sufis
These Dreddies, These Sunnis
These Shii’s, Yemenis
Somalis, Libnanis, Pakistanis
These Soories, Sudanis
Iraqis, Punjabies
Afghanis, Yazeedis
Khaleejis, Indonesians
Egyptians, Canadians
Algerians, Nigerians
Americans, Libyans
Tunisians, Palestinians
Hidden beyond the Mekong in Laos
Senegalese and Burkina Faso

NOTES ABOUT SOME REFERENCES IN THIS RAP [mostly from the Bridge portion]
I've numbered these notes for referencing purposes only.

Additions and corrections are welcome.

1. Hijab
"A hijab... is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty."...
Also, read "Women Veiling What is the Hijab and Why do Women Wear it?"
"Hijabi"= Muslim women who wears hijab

2. Mipsters (also given elsewhere as "Mipsterz")
"Mipsterz (short for Muslim Hipsters[1]) are a group of primarily young Muslims in their 20s and 30s (and a subset of the Millennials) who have evolving views on religion, identity and culture.[2][3][4] The Mipsterz nickname was started by an animated debate on Twitter using that hashtag.[5]
"The 'Mipsterz' first began as a satirical, thought-generating jab at corporate culture and evolved into a limitless collective that empowers individuals to find coolness in themselves and share their God-given gifts with all.

3. Hippies
"a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc."

4. Prissies
"Prissies" is used in Mona Haydar's rap as a noun.[i.e. women who are "Excessively or affectedly prim and proper."] definition from
That online source also indicates that this word may "[Perhaps [be a] blend of pri(m) and (si)ssy.]

5. Sufis
"Sufism or Taṣawwuf[1], which is often defined as "Islamic mysticism,"[2] "the inward dimension of Islam,"[3][4] or "the phenomenon of mysticism within Islam,"[5][6] is a mystical trend in Islam "characterized ... [by particular] values, ritual practices, doctrines and institutions"[7] which began very early on in Islamic history[5] and which represents "the main manifestation and the most important and central crystallization of" mystical practice in Islam.[8]

Practitioners of Sufism have been referred to as "Sufis" "

6. Dreddies
a person who wears her or his hair in dreads [dreadlocks]
From submitted by Niki Lasher November 21, 2003
Also called dreads, it is a style created by allowing the hair to matt into locks.

Although popular myth gives Rastafarians credit for inventing the style, it is almost as old as humanity itself. Dreadlocks or similarly matted styles have been worn from Africa all the way to India, Australia, and even Papua New Guinea.

Indians call them "jata", and they are generally worn by adherents of Shiva.

Some Austro Aboriginies call them "goonut" or "goonat". It was a popular style around the area now known as Botany Bay in pre colonial times.

The term "dreadlocks" being used for this style, however, did originate with the Rastafarian movement. To them it symbolizes many things including the rejection of conventional western mainstream beauty standards, and the dread some may feel when confronted with the true natural self."...

7. & 8. Sunnis and Shii’s
"The followers of Sunni Islam, one of the two major branches of the tradition (the other is Shi'a), make up approximately 80 percent of the Muslim population in the world. The Sunni are the majority in most Islamic countries outside of Iran, Iraq, Yemen, and Bahrain. Sunna—translated variously as the "trodden path," "the way," "example," or "habitual practice"—refers to the example or path of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers. The Sunni and Shi'a both trace their differences to the 7th century C.E., when disagreements over the successor to the Prophet Muhammad arose. The Sunni maintain that the Muslim community was to select the Prophet's successor (caliph) to lead, whereas the Shi'a believe the Prophet chose his son-in-law, Ali, to be his successor. Although Sunnis and Shi'as agree on many theological and practical matters, the Sunni are typically seen as putting more emphasis on the power of God and his determination of human fate, and are often understood to be more inclusive in their definition of what it means to be a Muslim. The Sunni tradition has placed great emphasis on the role of religion in public and political life, with great weight placed on the Shariah (Islamic law) as the standard for a broad range of social issues—marriage, divorce, inheritance, commerce, and so on."
Also, read this excerpt from
"Shia..., from Shīʻatu ʻAlī, followers of Ali) is a branch of Islam which holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor (Imam).[1] Shia Islam primarily contrasts with Sunni Islam, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a successor. Instead they consider Abu Bakr (who was appointed Caliph through a Shura, i.e. consensus) to be the correct Caliph.[2]
Adherents of Shia Islam are called Shias of Ali, Shias or the Shi'a as a collective or Shi'i individually.[3] Shia Islam is the second-largest branch of Islam: in 2009, Shia Muslims constituted 10–13% of the world's Muslim population"...

9. Libnanis
referent for people from Lebanon

10. Sorries
Correction: April 4, 2017
Read the comment about the meaning of this word in the discussion thread below" Soories = a referent for Syrians.

Thanks for the correction, Dawood Alvi.

Here's the information that I had initially given for "Sorries":
"The sentient souls (Jeevaatmans) are classified into three types namely
1. Badha (tied/bound by their own individual karma which has not date of
2. Muktha (liberated from all karma)
3. Nitya (ever-free from karma - eternally)

The Veda establishes the existence of Nitya Soories in Shree Vaikunta
Paramapadam that is a transcendental divine world totally different from
material world by stating that "Yatra Poorve Saadyaas Santi Devaa:", "Sadaa
Pasyanti Sooraya:".


The Nitya Sooris are called so because the term "Nitya" indicates that they
are ever-free from karma and were untouched by karma at any time. "Soori"
indicates that they serve (do service) to Lakshmi and Naaraayanan in
Paramapadam as Sheshas and Shine because of their nature."...

11. Yazidis
"The Yazidis (also Yezidis, Êzidî; Listeni/jəˈziːdiːz/ yə-zee-dees) are an ethnically Kurdish[19][20] religious community[21] or an ethno-religious group[22][23][24][25] indigenous to northern Mesopotamia (see also Ezidkhan) who are strictly endogamous.[26] Their religion, Yazidism is linked to ancient Mesopotamian religions and combines aspects of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism.[27][28][29][30][31]"...

12. Khaleeji
"Culture of Eastern Arabia, associated with Arab states of the Persian Gulf."

13. Mekong
"The Mekong is a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 12th-longest river


Countries: China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam
In this rap, the reference to "Mekong" alludes to the fact that there are also Muslims in the nations where the Mekong river is located.
Other references in this rap's bridge cite national references for other Muslims throughout the world.

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  1. Mona Haydar uses Hip Hop structure and African American Vernacular English throughout her composition "Wrap My Hijab".

    "What that hair look like
    Bet that hair look nice
    Don’t that make you sweat?
    Don’t that feel too tight?
    Yo what yo hair look like
    Bet yo hair look nice
    How long your hair is
    You need to get yo life"

    The lines "Me and my hijabi ladies/We was born in the eighties" are additional examples of the use of African American Vernacular English grammar.

    The title "Wrap My Hijab" itself is a play on the Hip Hop meanings of the noun and verb "rap".

    The word "Yo" which is closely associated with Hip Hop has two meanings in Haydar's rap. In the line "Yo what yo hair look like", the first "yo" means "Hey" and the second "yo" means "your".

    and "You needs to get yo life" is a Hip Hop saying. Furthermore, the term "haters" in the line "Women haters get banished" is straight outta African American Vernacular English. But the word "tight" in the line "Don’t that feel too tight?" has the standard English meaning and not its complimentary AAVE meaning.

    What other African American Vernacular English words or grammatical examples do you notice in Mona haydar's "Wrap My Hijab"?

  2. Hi there,

    Phenomenal work done there! I'd like to point out one thing though. By Soories she means Syrians as Syria is called Sooria/Suriya in Arabic.

    1. Thanks Dawood Alvi.

      I'll refer people to your comment in the post itself.

  3. April 4, 2017 Pepsi Cola aired an ad featuring Kendall Jenner that focused on a protest march. After widespread condemnation, on April 5th Pepsi pulled that ad.

    One of the many criticisms of that ad was its inclusion of a woman wearing a hijab.

    Pepsi’s Portrayal Of A Muslim Woman Was As Tone-Deaf As The Rest Of The Ad"
    A headscarf is not a prop.
    By Carol Kuruvilla,04/05/2017

    "Pepsi’s attempt to use protest imagery to sell soda backfired dramatically on Wednesday after the company was forced to pull an ad featuring Kendall Jenner.

    The ad was lampooned on social media by people who said it trivialized Black Lives Matter and other movements that have brought protestors out onto the streets in recent years.

    Along with making light of protests against police shootings, the ad was also criticized for using images of a Muslim woman without amplifying the issues that have actually caused Muslim women to protest.

    The ad failed to mention any of the issues that have troubled American Muslims over the past few months ― continuing religious-based discrimination and surveillance, President Donald Trump’s backdoor Muslim ban and his resounding silence about attacks on mosques, the bullying of Muslim kids, the rise in prominence of white supremacist groups, the fight for black lives.

    But it used the image of a Muslim woman in a headscarf to sell soda to the masses.


    In the ad, a woman wearing a headscarf works on a photography project at her desk. Frustrated by her progress, she hears protestors outside her window and decides to grab her camera and head out onto the street.

    In an ironic twist, she arrives just in time to capture Kendall Jenner solving racism by handing a Pepsi can to a police officer.

    Tasbeeh Herwees, an associate editor at Good, pointed out just how “crass” Pepsi’s portrayal of the American Muslim experience is.

    “The Muslim woman in their ad operates as nothing more than a signifier for diversity and a vague notion of resistance. She’s merely window dressing, in the same way that images of Muslim woman are used as tokens in protest photos,” Herwees writes.

    The presence of the woman in the ad sparked a strong response on social media.


    In an article for The Wall Street Journal, Misha Euceph, a Muslim journalist who does not wear a headscarf, pointed out that the ad also represents Muslims women “through a single item of clothing.”

    “I understand the desire to create a culture of inclusion, but the line between welcoming and tokenizing is very thin,” she wrote. “Today, the culture wars are being fought on the bodies of hijabis, as these women are the easiest Muslims to notice. They should be relieved of the burden of representing 1.7 billion diverse people.” "

    Click for the full Pepsi Cola ad that is referred to in that article.

    1. Also, click Pepsi Cola's Protest March Ad, White Privilege, & The Social Consciousness Connotation Of The Word "Woke" for a pancocojams post about that Pepsi protest video.

  4. omg, this is so crazy, can you make a rap video about the sexual mutilation on children for this cult as well? I'm sure the politicians will drool over that as well as the feminists, or how about a trendy abortion at 38 weeks. Why not?

    1. Anonymous, May 15, 2017 at 4:29 PM. I find your comment very offensive, but won't delete it for the historical record (to the extent that this post is part of any historical record.).