NAME ::: Yaser Jamous COUNTRY ::: Syria
My name is Yaser Jamous. I’m palaestinian-syrian. I’m born and have grown up in Syria in Yarmouk Camp, close to Damaskus. I’m a member of Refugees of Rap, the first hip-hop group in Syria. I started doing rap music in 2003 and started with the group in 2005.
I grew up in Yarmouk Camp and that is quite important for me as there we had everything. We learned how to deal with life. There you see everybody there, no matter of poor or rich, you see the struggle and everything. You can taste it and feel it there. That made us feel more and more like having experience with life. That was something I value a lot from growing up in this area. I love that from growing up there. We saw everything from crime to good things. I think it also helped me for my career as an hiphop artist, because I have a lot of subjects to write about. It was a very rich subject. I loved my life when I was in Yarmouk Camp.
What is most important to you?
I think the most important thing in my life is to be on the right way, to do the right things. I always try to do the best for me to develop myself and also to try to send my thoughts to other people. And helping other people with my weds and my lyrics. Do right things and share it with the people, so that we can develop a beautiful community and society. Everytime I write more and more things that complicated but at the same time simplified. I try to reach as many people as possible and with that change something. So I think that the most important for me: To do right and try to bring change in the minds of people. Always try to do better.
What has influenced you the most in your life?
The biggest influence I got from music, from old school of rap music. That had a big influence both on my life as well as my music. In real life it came from Yarmouk Camp. It had so many things that had a big influence on me. The people, the streets and also the music.
What has been an important turning point in your life?
Actually there were many in my life so far. It’s hard to decide. I think there are different things that were turning points. When I finished school and started doing an ordinary job for instance. And then, when I started doing music as a professional and do it with big concerts and CDs and so on. And when I was rapping for the first time on stage and everyone was rapping my words with me. I feel those moments were very important. Some people think that I am a role model for them, what I don’t feel like, but that was also important. So at the end I think it’s two main turning points: Finishing studies in english and graphic design and when the music got big.
What makes you happy?
When I see everybody with me chilled and in the moment. When I’m with the family, that also makes me happy. And also when I see the revolution end with a good ending for Syria, this will make me really happy. Being away from the family right now, knowing they are still in Syria, that is a very hard feeling. You are always on the news, on the internet, on Facebook, you try to follow the news the whole time. At every time you are with your thoughts there and your body is here.
What are you personally proud of?
I’m proud that we changed Hiphop music in Syria. That we made something that had an impact and now when I see the Hiphop scene in Syria, it grew so much in the last years. Everyone is on it and wants to do it. Even if it is just for fun. Rap is really there now. This makes me really proud and happy, that we achieved that.
What have been the biggest struggles in your life?
When I was 18 years old, it was a very difficult time for me. There was no money and no job and I wanted to complete my studies after high school, but I had to work to bring some money home and could not study. It was quite hard. Even when I worked very hard, I almost had not enough to go on with my studies. And at the same time it was that my attention shifted to music at that time. And I had no support. Neither for my studies nor for the music. We actually payed to make music.
What would you change in your life, if you could change something?
Maybe if I could change something, maybe I would change two things. I would try to study more about different topics and subjects. And then I would like to be rich at the same time. Because with having a universal education and money, you can do big projects. That is something I dream about, to start a big organization to try and help the youth and support them in different kinds of life activities, not only rap music. Everything that I could support people in the better. And with more education and money you could do that. If I could do that I would be satisfied with myself.
What do you wish for your own future?
I wish that I’m doing the right things that makes everybody proud of me. And I wish to be myself in the future.