The Rapper of Baghdad

What if Saddam Hussein recorded a hip hop album during his 8 months in hiding? This project finally answers that question!

Here’s a fun project from Andy Pokel, a music teacher in Houston :
The premise is, what if Saddam Hussein had a recording studio in his underground lair? And what if he used it to create a hip hop mixtape as a diary?

He gave us a couple samples of the album. Here’s “You Can Call Me“.
You Can Call Me

Hussein, the crusher, the master of hearts,
The Butcher of Baghdad, the light in the dark,
He who confronts, madman of the middle east,
President of Iraq, Commander in Chief,

I’m not thrilled about these rhymes. Am I the only one who think they’re a bit of a stretch?

Let’s listen to the other one : “If I Don’t Make It
If I Don’t Make It

I don’t know how I ever got so damn lucky.
Two wives and two sons and I ruled the best country.
Right now it’s difficult, My heart is full of grief and guilt.
Yet, I’m so proud of this nation I have built.
No matter how much the west might try to take
It’s only their own eternal graves that they make.

Oh yeah, I can already tell that’s going to go over real well in Texas.

DISCLAIMER Before you send hate mail, please understand that UNDERGROUND does not have a political, personal, or religious agenda. I am neither supporting nor mocking Saddam Hussein, the nation of Iraq, or the Muslim faith. Despite the ridiculous nature of the concept (i.e. Saddam rapping), I do not find his life or death to be funny. My goals are to understand, humanize, educate, and entertain.
Life Tip : If your project needs a disclaimer like this, you should probably just do a different project.


It will replace CDs!

 Revolutionizing how Music Albums are Sold  The Flarian Music Player is an alternative to CDs to sell music albums on. It would allow you to play albums right off the shelf.
The Flarian Music Player is an alternative to CDs to sell music albums on. It would allow you to play albums right off the shelf.

An alternative to CDs? For record stores? What decade are you people living in?

The idea here, believe it or not, is that instead of selling music on CDs, music stores should sell their music on disposable mp3 players.

Since it’s completely impossible to deliver music instantly to my computer or my iPod, this is the next best thing. I’ll just go to the store, and buy a new mp3 player that’s already loaded with the music I want to listen to!

Environmentally Friendly?

They even have the balls to claim it’s “Environmentally Friendly”! Look :
Environmentally-Friendly  The Flarian Music Player is made out of landfill grade post-consumer regrind plastic (i.e. plastic materials that are supposed to end up in landfills). This kind of recycled plastic is very difficult to incorporate in products because it has very poor structural properties. Our very own, Ali Rizvi (co-founder), has developed a technology as a part of his doctoral research that enables the restoration of properties of the plastic, making it suitable for use in the Flarian Music Player, thereby reducing costs and environmental impact.
Because your product contains, one recycled material it’s automatically environmentally friendly? Haha, Yea right!

You’re manufacturing a piece of electronics that nobody needs, packaging it, shipping it from the factory to North America, then from the warehouse to the store, all so the customer can use it once before he copies the mp3s to his iPod and never touches your device again!

It would honestly be ten times better for the environment if you left that “recycled plastic” in a landfill where you found it!

The really insulting part is that they’re smart people (one of them is a PhD candidate), they know full well that “Environmentally Friendly” is a baldfaced lie.


Ok, fine, how much does this “replacement for CDs” cost?
Set of 100 Customized Flarian Music Players - $4,500
$45 a pop, wholesale? Fantastic.