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Jihad – that means something doesn’t it!

13 September 2006 – Nice to meet you, I am JIHAD. Thus sings rap artist from Amsterdam J-Rock on his debut single, which will be released 22 September. There is no connection with Johnny Cash whatsoever.

J-Rock’s real name is Jihad Rahmouni. His parents gave him this name because it means ‘inner struggle’. In normal life he uses the name Jihad, even when he was working at a call centre. Sometimes his name elicits comments: “Hey but that means something doesn’t it!”

So far, this has not caused any serious problems. “But if I were to fly to America, I might do well to prepare for a night at the airport”, Rahmouni says. Recently, security officers wanted to ban a passenger from a flight who was wearing a t-shirt with text in Arabic printed on it.

The lyrics of Rahmouni’s single bring to mind a song written by the legendary country singer Johnny Cash: My name is Sue HOW DO YOU DO. Now you’re gonna die! The song is about a boy who was given a girl’s name by his father. The idea was that he would be picked on by other kids, which would teach him to fend for himself.

However, Rahmouni’s single has nothing to do with this: “I am not familiar with that singer”.


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