Step aside Jay Z, Libyan MC "Volcano" records music video while bombs explode in Benghazi!
Volcano's Facebook page describes him as a Benghazi-based rapper who also studies English translation at Benghazi University - the oldest education establishment in Libya. (Daily Caller)
A Libyan rapper has released a new music video in which he is seen seen performing his music in front of dramatic scenes of civil war.
Calling himself 'Volcano', the 31-year-old musician was filmed wearing hip hop-style clothing as he stands in front of missile launchers and burning buildings in the conflict-ravaged city of Benghazi.
Libya's second largest city was seized by the hardline Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia in July last year and intense fighting between the rebels and regime forces over the past few months have reduced much of Benghazi to rubble - apparently an ideal backdrop to Volcano's rap videos.
Volcano's video begins by showing him making a phone call in a quiet backstreet but soon cuts to amateur footage of explosions and shots of the rapper performing in front of burning buildings.
Rapping in Arabic, Volcano is pictured holding a large assault rifle and standing in front of pick-up trucks that have been modified to carry massive machine guns.
Seconds later he and a group of armed militants are seen standing in front of a tank in a heavily shelled courtyard as they pose for the camera while artillery vehicles fire their weapons.
At one point Volcano - who wears expensive boots, jeans, a baseball jacket, sunglasses and gold chains - gives the thumbs up to the camera while standing in front of the burning rubble of a destroyed building.
Elsewhere in the video the rapper wears military-style fatigues, although his well-groomed beard and spotless white trainers make him stand out among the exhausted fighters wearing bullet-proof vests and battered combat gear.
Although he appears in the war zone wielding a guns, it is not clear whether Volcano is simply using the civil war backdrop for effect or if he is actually involved in the conflict. It is also unclear whether the fighters he appears alongside are rebels or members of the Libyan National Army.
Volcano's Facebook page describes him as a Benghazi-based rapper who also studies English translation at Benghazi University - the oldest education establishment in Libya.
The lyrics to his song refer to God being 'gone' and - rather than talking about the conflict in Libya - appear about Palestinians living in Gaza.
The refrain of the song suggests Volcano keeps up to date with events in the Gaza Strip and Israel via news on Google and Yahoo.
Giving his personal interests as 'Libyan rap', Volcano's page also states: 'I hate treason'. The comment is not elaborated on, and it is not clear exactly what he is referring to.
The majority of Volcano's music video is filmed on an HD camera and he appears to be wearing and large and expensive wristwatch throughout - suggesting he could be considerably wealthier than the average resident in Benghazi.
The six-minute clip also ends with Volcano watching the video back on a Samsung mobile phone.
Between shots of the rapper standing on war-ravaged streets and posing with gun-wielding fighters, Volcano is seen giving a concert in downtown Benghazi.
Although the faces of his audience are not seen, the crowd wave their hands in the air as Volcano stands on a makeshift stage .
As well as HD shots of Volcano rapping and posing alongside heavily armed fighters, the footage also shows to clips of daily life in Benghazi - such as a father taking his young son shopping.
Elsewhere amateur footage of shell attacks are edited in to the video clip.
Volcano is not the first North African rapper linked to warfare and conflict.
Earlier this year Islamic State supporters took to social media to boast about the recruitment of a failed party loving rapper from Tunisia.
Maurouane Douiri, better known by his stage name Emino, announced his decision to join ISIS by posting a picture of himself holding a goat, allegedly in Iraq.
Emino appears to have abandoned his trademark ushanka hat and is shown wearing a long red and white Arab scarf.
Strangely posed holding a small brown and white goat, the once wannabe gangster wrote that he had given his allegiance to the leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Emino was one of a dozen Tunisian rappers who were vocal critics of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime.
Previously the 25 year old used his social media page to proudly show off photos of himself surrounded with a bevy of scantily clad ladies.
One of the photos shows the rapper being touched and stroked by a group of women, with one of them appears to be drinking from a suspicious looking wine glass.
Emino is no trendsetter - at least three other failed rappers have joined ISIS over the last few years.
German rapper Denis Cuspert is the best known of the three known rappers to have been part of Islamic State. Known on stage as Deso Dogg, the wannabe gangster traded in his failing career to embrace the extremist group's radical brand of Islam.
American failed rapper Douglas McAuthur McCain was reportedly killed fighting for ISIS last August.
McCain, who enjoyed smoking marijuana in the park and had previous convictions for disorderly conduct, is thought to have converted to Islam in 2004.