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Why Turkey's rappers can no longer stay silent

In a 15-minute-long song aptly titled "#ICannotBeSilent," Turkish rappers take turns expressing their woes on issues such as justice, freedom, environment, abuse and exile.

At midnight on Sept. 6, two rap songs sent shock waves through Turkey.

The nearly 15-minute-long "#Susamam" (“#ICannotBeSilent”) is the brainchild of Sarp Palaur, known by the stage name Saniser, and a product of collaboration between 20 prominent rappers and musicians.

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