Sunday, October 21, 2018

Q&A with Amy Roko

Amy Roko (Photo by AMS/Direction by Ali Cha'aban)


I had the pleasure to connect/interview Saudi Personality Amy Roko! She's incredibly funny and I truly am a huge fan. Go check out her instagram page and show her some love.


BIG HASS:  Can you give us a story on how you got into comedy?

AMY ROKO: I still have no idea how, to me I consider it luck. I was watching all the viners going crazy on vine and I just wanted to post something out there that was related to me and how I feel (yes I was part of the relatable af hashtag don’t judge I was a kid) and people saw it on vine and posted it on twitter and here we are. 


BH: You have great influence. DO you feel pressured that you have to always do the right thing? & give the right message?

AR: Honestly I try as much as I can to do the right thing you know, even though I believe that everyone has the right to post whatever they want, it still scares me sometimes because I don’t want to offend anyone or send the wrong message. Like personally that scares me a lot. I don’t want to feel that burden of hurting someone and not knowing about it. 


BH: Who is your inspiration when it comes to Comedy?

AR: Whoa the list does not end, Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah are on the top of my list. 


BH: Where did you get your English Accent from?

AR: Oh my accent, well from school, I went to a school with a British curriculum (this is why I pronounce a lot of words the British way) then changed to an American one. Also my dad. 


BH: Tell us about how fame changed your life?

AR: It was an eye opener, now mind you I had no idea how the media/social media life is so this made me more aware of this whole new world. 


BH: There aren't many Saudi female comedians. I know there are lots of restrictions but you're somehow a voice for them. If they are listening/reading this now. What do you tell them?

AR: BRUH this is going to suck (giving out advice is not my forte) but mute the voices and do what you love, being judged is the worst thing in the world especially when people think their opinions matter, mute them out and do you. You’ll be amazed by yourself. 


BH: What has been the best feedback/comment you received? (something that Impacted you) 

AR: This kid sent me a DM on Instagram saying, “I go back and watch all your videos when I’m sad and they make me feel better so thank you.” I don’t think I’ve even heard someone say something this nice to me ever.

Amy Roko (Photo by AMS/Direction by Ali Cha'aban)


BH: I am sure you get "hate mail" & messages that might discourage you. How do you find the motivation to keep going? (what keeps you going)


AR: I remember I was really sensitive about hate messages especially the fact that I didn’t understand why would they attack me when they don’t even know me? I realized though, haters have nothing else to do and they need that attention, ignore and you win. 


BH: Do you think the fact that you are veiled comes out as an obstacle to what you do or does it trigger curiosity?  


AR: I still don’t fully understand how people think it’s an obstacle because it doesn’t stand in my way you know what I mean? I don’t see it that way, in fact I’ve done the most craziest stuff wearing it (wow tmi much). I mean I’m not not wearing it to trigger curiosity or anything because I’m not wearing it for you (not you personally), I’m wearing it for me so as far as how people feel I have no idea.


BH: You are a fan of hip hop, who are your fav international and Arabic rappers.?

I don’t have favorites but recently I’ve been listening to Logic, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye a lot. Arabic rappers wow. I cannot wait for this generation of rappers I have high hopes to be honest I need a fire playlist. That Slow mo and Moayad is a BOP. I listen to Flipperachi as well. Yes a short list but we need more rappers. Preferably women.


BH: Tell re-volt something not a lot of people know about you

AR: As I got into the social media world, I tried to distance myself from it, the main reason why is because I felt like I was sharing to much and I don’t want that, I like to keep my private life private and social media just makes me feel like my house is made out of glass and everyone could see right through. That or I watched a lot of Black mirror. Basically that’s why I’m absent most of the time, because I feel like I’ve already shared too much. 


NARCY X MASHROU' LEILA VIDEO | All Middle-Eastern Flair

Narcy X Mashrou Leila (Video Footage) 


The long awaited video for "TIME" by Narcy featuring Mashrou Leila is FINALLY OUT !!

I had the pleasure to host Narcy while he was in Dubai 3-4 months ago and had a "private" listenings session for his upcoming album "SPACE TIME" and it was incredible to hear his thoughts on every song and how he came up with it. 

This is him talking about "TIME" that is produced by Sandhill X Mashrou Leila 

** Full talk will be out once the album is out!



Watch the full video below and support the brothers! 



Friday, October 12, 2018

Canadian/Palestinian Rapper BELLY Releases NEW ALBUM "IMMIGRANT"




Love Belly. I love the song "immigrant"...

The follow up to last year’s Mumble Rap contains 11 tracks in total and features guest appearances from Meek Mill, The Weeknd, French Montana, Nav, MIA, Yo Gotti, Metro Boomin, & more. 

Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of DaHeala, DJ Mustard, NAV, Rex Kudo, Austin Powerz & TRAKGIRL, among others.

This is what he said about the album “With everything going on, I can’t sit by and say nothing. I decided to speak my truths. my album is now called, IMMIGRANT,” 


Sunday, September 16, 2018

KSA Producer SAUD | Mixing Best Of Both Worlds!


I've been following this brother for a while now.. love the vibe and his production is on point not to mention that he's from my home country, Saudi Arabia! We did a quick Q&A with Saudi producer Saud who is living in LA. He also just dropped his project 013-310 ! Find more about it below!


1. Tell us about your background. You are Saudi living in LA? when did you move out there?

I moved to LA in 2011 to complete my college degree in Marketing while making music on the side. The city was full of international and diverse talents. I moved to LA with a passion to learn from the people that inspire me, fellow creatives and knowledgeable people in the industry knowing that LA would bring me closer to my goal of making noise with my music. 
Once you step into LA, a place where it doesn’t matter where you come from, what religion or what color, you are officially part of the culture and considered an Angeleno. If you are talented, you are talented; people will eventually acknowledge and appreciate. 

I have been inspired and moved by music ever since I could remember. I used to collect singles and albums from various parts of the world and would listen to them on my ‘sony walkman’. My family exposed me to good music at an early age; from my dad’s passion for oldies to my mom’s love for Middle Eastern music from all parts of the Arab world.


2. You remember your first production?

I’ve been making beats on different programs since about 2010 but never had the confidence to take that next step and turn my beats into songs. Then, fate happens when you least expect it. I randomly stepped into a Verizon store in Newport Beach, CA, and met this nice and humble dude from Detroit by the name of “PLUS” who worked there at the time. We spoke about music and he mentioned that he was an artist, but never had he mentioned how good of an artist he was. One thing lead to the other and we linked up about a week later and made ‘Feeling High” which was my first official single released on Soundcloud. 



3. I've always said, that there is a difference between a Producer & A Beat Maker. What's your take on that?

In my opinion, a Beat Maker makes and sells (or leases) beats, that’s pretty much it. His/her creativity will remain limited. A producer goes beyond that. I believe that a producer is someone who gets involved in the entire process from the beginning to the end whether creatively, technically or financially or all three combined; a process I like to call ‘the Producer’s Big 4’: Preparing, Polishing, Packaging and Pushing. 


4. Name few producers that have inspired you?
So many producers and musicians inspired me along the way. My team inspired me the most in giving me the confidence to create my own sound and stay away for the typical styles of production. They taught me that its always best to be myself. 
J-Dilla, Rick Rubin, Kanye, Madlib, 9th Wonder, Dre, Timbaland, NO ID, Apollo Brown and many more are all innovators in the industry that made hip-hop what it is today in my opinion.
From the region, I love what Sandhill represents. He is a genius when it comes to sampling old Arabic sounds and turning them into bangers. I have so much respect for Moe Faisal for pushing the limits; working with industry giants.




5. You have produced Eye Know Faces EP by Offendum. How did you guys get in touch? & tell us about the approach you took for that EP? (loved the samples you chose!)

Appreciate it man! I was first introduced to Omar through my cousin in Los Angeles. We bonded right away. An amazing soul. He was like an older brother to me in a city I was fairly new to. I wasn’t producing full on songs at that time. Mainly focused on school and making beats. A couple of years pass by, now I’m finally confident enough to send him a beat pack with different ideas I’ve been preparing for him. The next day, he sends me a reference track to “More Love” and I remember calling him super hyped and excited. He goes: “We got a full-on EP, man. I’ll send you more references tomorrow”. About a month later, we completed a fully polished project that I am honored to have that as my first ever project.
S/O Apollo Fortune for helping us mix and master this project.  

6. Do you have a favorite musical project that you've worked on?

Every project is my favorite project at the time of production. But I always look forward to what’s next. As I grow as a producer, I love coming back to my older projects and appreciate the growth. 

7. Who would you love to work with in the future?

Perhaps a Rick Rubin and Timbaland collab on a Jay-Z and Nas track featuring Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys! Boom! 

8. Did you ever had to change your production style to suit/accommodate an artist?

All the time. I try to cater to the style of the artist I’m working with. I believe doing so pushes me to learn more as a producer and explore vast styles of music making and production. The technicalities and patterns may be different but in the end the taste is the same and I still try to make my sound as distinctive as possible. 


9. You got any thoughts on the Middle East music scene? Anyone in particular you following?

I was introduced to the Arab hip-hop game around 2009. Narcy and Offendum’s “Last Arab’s” track was a turning point that got me curious to hear more.
Don’t sleep on our North African brothers. They are dominating the French trap movement. Soolking, Kekra, L’Artist, Hamza and many more are making NOISE!
I love what the boys in Dubai are doing; the HRMNY Brothers can definitely make a global impact. Fadl, ICEKREAM, Majeed, MohFlow, Omar Basaad and Hamdan Al Abri are artists I follow and look forward to what they drop next. Bu Kulthoum is also someone I follow. I love his creativity and approach. I am super optimistic and can’t wait for the whole world to see what our guys have to offer. 





10. Tell us about 013-310 ?

KHOBAR TO LA!!!! This album is the best depiction of my 7 years in Los Angeles. The artists and producers featured on this project have all pushed me to a new capacity and made me the producer that I am today. This album is the output of just having a good time and creating friendships that last a lifetime. I’m extremely humbled and thrilled by all the love and support. 






11. What's next for you?

To end this year on a high note, we got two projects lined up; Shiloh Meets World’s ARTLUKM and Mishon’s THC (Time Has Come) both debut albums for the artists. Super excited to share them with the world! 


12. Would you ever try singing/rapping?

Singing or rapping a reference track is as far as I would go to be honest. I love putting ideas together and creating references for artists to get inspired by. But I’ll keep the singing and rapping for the pros. 

13. Last words for re-volt blog 

I hope we, the people acknowledge how important it is for a growing industry in our region to have a person like Big Hass represent and push everyone to new limits and help legitimize independent music our region. To everyone from our part of the world: please use your platforms wisely and try to impact people in the most positive way through love and music.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

SUDANESE DUBAI BASED ARTIST REEM EKAY RELEASES HER FIRST SONG FROM HER UPCOMING EP!



Reem Ekay, Sudanese Artist based in Dubai has always been one of my favourite. She has incredible vibe and mad talent. Her first song off her NEW UPCOMING EP is called "Revelations" 
Track was produced by AY
Artwork Done by Tashita Mukherji

Omar K on the Beat

Give the track a listen below!


Friday, September 14, 2018

NARCY RELEASES FIRST SINGLE FROM HIS NEW ALBUM & IT FEATURES MASHROU LEILA




Iraqi/Canadian Hip-Hop artist NARCY releases his first single off his new album "SPACE TIME". The single is called Time & it featured Lebanese Band Mashrou Leila. Track is produced by Sandhill & Mashrou Leila. 

Check out the track below 




I had the pleasure of hosting Narcy in Dubai & having a Private Exclusive Listening Session for his album. Full Talk/Podcast will be out when the album gets released! 


Monday, September 3, 2018

JORDANIAN RAPPER "THE SYNAPTIK" RELEASES HIS FIRST ALBUM "Om Al Mawjat"



Jordanian Rapper "The Synaptik" released his FIRST Official Album entitled "Om Al Mawjat" on August 31st,2018 surrounded by his fans in Amman, Jordan. The Med Graduate who initially started rapping in English expressed various topics on this album ranging between "... Mental Health, Social Issues, The reality of being in the Middle East, personal demons, heart break and Hope


The Synaptik Launches his album in Amman, Jordan (31st Aug,2018) - Pic provided by The Synaptik

The Synaptik whose first name is Laith studied Medicine for 7 years and graduated. His artistic name is derived from his fascination with the nervous system, Neurotransmitter & his personal experience with ADHD, hence calling himself "Synaptik" "...Because that's where things happen.."

He started working on the album 2 years ago, ".. Its a very personal album!" Laith says. The album is produced by Damar and Wikidz

The album features names like "Abyusif, Bu Kolthoum, El Far3i, El Rass, Tamer Nafar, Mehrak, Bader Azem & Yasmina Abunassar"

Much respect to The Synaptik, I feel the album and it's really amazing to see rappers in the Middle-East be able to address such topics using Hip-Hop.


Bless to the guys involved in the release of this album. 
Special salute to the homie "Chyno" for always reppin and supporting the scene. He currently manages "The Synaptik" showing so much support

God Bless

Full Album BELOW! 

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