For Saudi Arabia's Growing Hip-Hop Scene, It's Tricky

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia—Authorities in this ultraconservative kingdom once sent Mohamed Al-Ghamdi to jail for making hip-hop videos laced with profanity.

Now, with Saudi rap growing more popular and the government seeking to modernize the economy, the censorship has a lighter touch. When officials objected to some of Mr. Ghamdi’s videos this spring, he announced on Instagram that they had asked him to take them offline.


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