If you’ve been following events in the Middle East you’ve probably come across a mention of the politicized young rappers whose music is both reporting on and encouraging the popular uprisings there. Tunisian artist El General in particular has been attracting a lot of attention for his role as a spokesperson for youth unrest not only in Tunisia but throughout the region. Music critic Christopher R. Weingarten, writing for the new blog Popdust, has this to say about El General’s “President, Your People Are Dying”: “Its direct role in the Tunisian uprising and potential role in the current instability in the Middle East may make it one of the most influential hip-hop songs of all time.”

Because this movement is geographically scattered and ideologically diverse, and because it’s heavily dependent on the Internet not only to organize itself but also to make itself heard—judging by the early reactions of American cable news channels, much of the outside world isn’t interested in getting the message—it’s pretty much inevitable that somebody would put together a free digital mix tape of current political hip-hop from the Middle East. The Khalas Mixtape Volume One contains a couple of El General cuts as well as music by similarly politicized artists from Egypt, Libya, and Algeria.