Saturday, February 23, 2019


THE BEAT is a series of events curated by Saudi radio host and blogger Big Hass, all in the aim to support local and regional rising music artists by creating opportunities for them to perform live. What started as an underground event in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) in 2013 has now been marked by the DXB stamp, as Big Hass tries to nourish the independent music scene through private live events. 

In less than a year, two Dubai editions of THE BEAT have already been successfully accomplished, bringing a new flair to the local music scene. 

It is time to crank up the volume for a third edition and bring in a prominent talent from the indie international hip-hop scene, alongside some artists from Dubai, who will be opening for the main act. 

For The BEAT DXB vol iii lineup, Big Hass is inviting one of his heroes, Canadian-Iraqi artist Narcy to showcase exclusively his new album "Space Time" LIVE in Dubai. Multimedia and merging East and West are trademarks in Narcy’s way of presenting his art; in this performance, he will be giving his audience a visual and auditory glimpse on what “Space Time” means to him on personal, cultural and philosophical level. 

Joining him will be Lebanese Dj/Turntablist Dj Lethal Skillz, a music pioneer and the undisputed champion in the genre of Turntablism, fusing hip-hop and oriental Arabian streams. 

Opening acts will also include soulful voice and fashion enthusiast Layla Kardan, and Moh Flow, who is one of the first artists who supported The Beat from its humble beginnings in Saudi Arabia. 

The event will occur on Wednesday March 13, 2019 
Event is powered by G-Shock Middle-East 
Doors will open at 7:00 PM and the show will start at 8:00 PM. Venue: The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue Tickets are available online and the door at 20 AED/Person #TheBeatDXB

Friday, February 15, 2019

20 Arab Female Artists To Look Out For !!

I've always been vocal about showing love and support to Arab Female Artists, so I just wanted to compile few artists that I believe you need to look out for, below is the list:-
** feel free to share with me few names @

Shébani, Reem Ekay, Fafa & Ghaliaa

  • Shébani: This Iraqi Dubai Based Singer/Songwriter is a hard worker. Her song-writing skills is something that I totally respect. In Aug '16, she released her first EP entitled "Alter Ego" produced by RAYAN, and then she started releasing singles & collaborations with few artists in the UAE. She's truly unique and has a great vibe about her.

  • Reem Ekay: Architect, Singer/Songwriter based in Dubai. R&B vibes with some incredible songwriting. She released her first EP in Dec 2018 produced by AY. She mainly performs in English and I hope someday I see her on a "Sudanese themed" beat because she will kill that..

  • FAFA: Emirati Singer/Songwriter. Soul/R&B are her vibes. Her strongest qualities are her powerful voice and stage presence. Fafa will pull you in her world. Her live performance is something you wouldn't want to miss. She just dropped her first original song entitled "Running (Can't Stope Me)" and one can see that she's born to do this! We need more singles from this one this year!

  • GHALIAA: The first time I heard Ghaliaa, I had goosebumps.. Syrian Singer/Songwriter. What I love about her is that she was able to fight stereotypes by using the fact that she's veiled as a source of inspiration for other women. She has released few singles and is on a mission to release an EP very soon. She plays the Guitar, The Oud, Keyboard and performs in English, French & Arabic. 

Mougleta, TamTam, Dounia, ROTANA

  • MOUGLETA: Lebanese Singer/Songwriter and simply incredible performer. Her voice is truly unique and at a very young age, she was able to capture the hearts of so many that have heard her. She's currently in Germany pursuing music professionally and I expect big things from her in 2019!

  • TAMTAM: Saudi Singer, based in LA (USA). She has one EP & one full album under her belt. She uses her music to also discuss few social topics which I totally respect. 

  • DOUNIA: Moroccan - American artist. She's signed to EMPIRE which is an American distribution company and record label founded in 2010 by Ghazi Shami. Catch a vibe with Dounia, I personally would love to hear more "Moroccan Themed" instrumentals with her voice on those records! She Dope!

  • ROTANA: Saudi Artist based in the USA. She's vocal about women empowerment and always fighting stereotypes through her music because of perceptions some people might have about Saudi women. Would love to see more work from ROTANA this year and also a collaboration with an Arab Hip-Hop Artist!  

Tina Yamout, MANAL, ABIR & Dina El Wedidi 

  • TINA YAMOUT: Lebanese Singer/Songwriter. Tina has succeeded in paving her own way through the Lebanese Music scene and finding her own voice without confirming to your typical "mainstream" melodies. She's bilingual (English & Arabic), but currently she's focusing on Arabic lyrics. I vibe with Tina and I wish her the best, she's humble and has a vision to reach high places. 

  • MANAL : Defies misogyny in every aspect. This Moroccan Singer/Songwriter has taken the MENA region by storm with her fierce yet simply lyrics. Her videos showcase the true talent and vibe of where she comes from. She's truly passionate. She's signed to SONY Music. she embodies the future of women in her country by inspiring them and encouraging them to believe in themselves. Her releases so far has been in Arabic & French!

  • ABIR : Moroccan Artist based in USA. I feel the two next years will be huge for her. I am looking forward for her to include more Arabic influencers in her music weather its the beats, the vibe, the culture. Check out her vibe!!

  • DINA EL-WEDIDI : Egyptian Singer. She is what I call the voice! her vocal chords are incredible. There is this one song of her when she performed on "Bassem Yousef's Show", called "El Haram" - that automatically made me a fan. I feel she blends the Egyptian Authentic culture with the modern vibes 

Gaidaa, Hana Malhas, Yasmine Hamdan & Lolo Zouaï

  • GAIDAA : Sudanese Singer. She's based in Holland. You will quickly be drawn to her vibe. I can't wait to see what she has for us in 2019. 

  • HANA MALHAS : Singer-songwriter from Jordan. Her vibe is electro-acoustic pop. She is also the founder of a series called "Bala Feesh" which is a series of events aimed to support artists by having them perform LIVE. 

  • Yasmine Hamdan : Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress, now based in Paris. She became known with Soapkills, the duo she founded with Zeid Hamdan while she was still living in Beirut, Lebanon. She's an OG of the underground/indie movement in Arabia. She's someone who was able to change misconception about the Arab region because she gets a lot of gigs in Europe and people are always drawn to her music & performance. Her live performance is NOT TO BE MISSED! She performs mainly in Arabic.

  • Lolo Zouaï : Algerian-French. I recently discovered her and want to get to know her music but she drew me in with her below song. I believe she uses her music to deliver a message and even though its R&B, I don't think all of it is all about love. I personally want to see her also reflect on her Algerian/Arab background. That would be so cool to see with her kind of talent !

Malak El Husseiny, Rosegold, Emaan Zadjali & Lea Makhoul 

  • Malak El Husseiny  : Egyptian Based Singer/Songwriter who is just driven by art. I hope we see more original music from her as I think that her music is untapped and just waiting to be discovered even more. 

  • Rosegold  : When I first found out about Palestinian-Canadian producer Rosegold, I was extremely happy to see a female music producer from the region. I then discovered that she also has a great voice which for me is also incredible and its a no-brainer not to feature talent like that on Re-Volt. Check her out here in a collaboration with MVRS. 

  • Emaan Zadjali  : Omani/American Singer/Songwriter. Her vibe is a contemporary R&B sound, as well as some new age funk. I look forward to more music in 2019 !

  • Lea Makhoul  Lebanese/French Singer that carries out feel-good pop music, sweet personality. I believe she's still searching for her sound and with the help of Universal MENA, I believe she will be able to accomplish that.

Honorary Mentions:

Jana Diab 
  • Jana Diab: She is the daughter of legendary Egyptian Singer Amr Diab. Her voice is truly out of this world and leaves me wondering what the future could hold for this sensation. Below is an original, I hope she drops more very soon. She's so so good! 

Monday, February 11, 2019


We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with STEP 2019! The tech festival is taking place on February 13-14th at Dubai Internet City and we’d like to invite you to attend and participate.

Startups, entrepreneurs, investors, digital enthusiasts, and our entire community are Coming Home to STEP with 300 startups showcasing across Fintech, Digital Media, AI, Transport, E-commerce and more at 4 conferences: STEP Start, STEP Digital, STEP X, and STEP Money.

All you need to do is apply through this link.

STEP has and will always be:

  • Home to the best startup founders and investors in MENA
  • Home to creatives, digital enthusiasts, and the wild at heart
  • A genuine experience full of energy
  • Putting the community first Startups across tech, finance, digital, health and a wide range of industries will be showcasing at the Startup Basecamp and will even get a chance to participate at the STEP Pitch Competition.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ABIR - Young & Rude

Originally from Morocco, ABIR is definitley making waves.. check her out

Friday, December 28, 2018


Sudanese Producer SAMMANY once again proves that music combined with true talk from the heart results in something people would share & resonate with. Sudan is going through a revolutionary times at the moment with corruption and the politics being "challenged" which is a good thing I believe.. Music once again proves its more powerful, the government should obey the people always...

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Arab Hip-Hop Artist Touring With Vinnie Paz in Europe!

Holywar (Black Bannerz) & Vinnie Paz (2018)

I have known the brothers from Syrian-Saudi based Hip-Hop group "Black Bannerz" for quite sometime, ever since I launched this blog in '08 !! I do still think that they were able to do incredible things but they still need to be more active and release more things & inshalla that will happen. They have released the Arabic side of the Double Album they have "Thawra Musiqia - The Album"  in 2014 & they have features with the likes of Vinnie Paz, R.A The Rugged man, Immortal Technique, Sean Price (RIP), Chino XL, Crooked I, Reef The Lost Cauze, Nino Bless, Planet Asia, Scram Jones,Beyond Belief, Kool G Rap,King Magnetic  !!! 

Black Bannerz are specialized in "Classical Arabic" Rap which for me we need more of.. Now, the reason I made this blogpost is to salute them & to salute Holywar from Black Bannerz, he just did a European Tour with Vinnie Paz & the JMT crew!!!...
To have a Syrian who is based in Saudi Arabia tour with those guys & be on the same stage & rep Arabic Rap that way is a huge honor and this needs to be pushed way more, I hope this blogpost has a ripple-effect and more blogs/media get to talk about it.. I had a quick Q&A with him & this is how it went down

BIG HASS: This is your second time touring with vinnie. How did the relation with him start? 

Holywar (Black Bannerz) : Matter of fact, this is the third time that I have had the privilege and the honor to accompany my brother Vinnie Paz on tour. Relation started about a decade ago through social media and while working on materials for Black Bannerz, but it was in 2015, during The Thief & The Fallen Tour, in Paris,where we have met and got to build with my brother Vinnie on many levels and continued that tour with him and the rest of Jedi Mind Tricks, followed by the 2017 Buried Alive tour with him, and DJ 7L & Esoteric (AOTP/Czarface) and lately, the recently done, 2018 The Bridge & The Abyss Tour.

BH: how was it touring Europe with artists you have idolized for a long time? 

BB: For someone who grew up in this part of the world (Saudi) , with a great deal of passion for the art of hip-hop, and where the scene and the activities revolving around the art were minimal, it is almost unreal and hard to believe to build, tour and share stages with one’s favorite artists. It is as overwhelming as someone who’s passionate about film directing working with his favorite director, or a actor acting side by side with his favorite actor. It is a blessing...

BH: When you rapping, you doing it in Arabic. What is the reaction from the western crowd like?

BB: The reaction of the crowd was always amazing from the moment Vinnie would introduce me as “I gotta a friend coming all the way from Saudi Arabia” wether I rap in English or Arabic. And in the latest tour, talking to some of the attendees, they did recognize Black Bannerz’s work such as The Muhammad Ali Audiomentary project, or our collaboration with Vinnie on First Blood which I have performed on stage during this tour, and even our Arabic Debut album (by Europeans from Arabic origins). It was overwhelming, and inspiring to push to create and release more material at the soonest.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Fav Arabic Rap Singles 2018 || #BigHassPicks

It has been a good year for Arabic Hip-Hop, here are some of my personal favourite, please email me your personal ones to see if I can add them to the below thread of videos/songs 

There will be another list for Arab rappers who perform in English, I just thought some of the below are pretty good and I personally jam to them.. Check it out

  • BLVXB - كيماوي ( DJ AG) - (March 2018)

  •  ILLIAM Ft. BiGSaM - Boat (March 2018)

  • القيادات العليا - عاطل  (March 2018)

  • LiL Eazy - Mathaher ( Ma Hametoni ) - May 2018

  • The Synaptik - Dari- السينابتيك - داري (Ft.الفرعي- El Far3i) - (June 2018)


  • Shi'rap X Smokable (Ft.Monologue) "جلي ظلام الليالي" - (Dec 2018)

  • Daffy &Flipperachi - Laywagef دافي و فلب - لا يوقف
  • El Rass -SEIZURE SALAD (Nov 2018)

  • Westcoast G'z - طحسنيزم - (Aug 2018)

  • Muslim - Mama (July 2018)



  • ابيوسف - عزرائيل | ABYUSIF - AZRA2EEL (July 2018)

  •    Klay - Ya Rabbi | يا ربّي - (Dec 2018)

  •    Be The Artist Ft Edd Abbas - Aleph Be (August 2018)

  • Bu Kolthoum - Dallouni (March 4,2018)