Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rest In Power Prodigy | This is how I will remember you

Prodigy | 1974-2017

This is how I will remember him. 

In November 2015, I attended Sole DXB, one of Dubai's coolest urban events offering contemporary street culture with distinctive Middle Eastern flair. The renowned event is a meeting point for regional and international artists, designers all in promotion of urban culture. 

I was so excited to be finally attending such a grand platform! One of my goals that day was to check out Narcy's installation and to support him. His pop-up shop was basically a stand alone baqala (Middle Eastern small grocery store) where he exhibited his #iraqafella & #WATM trademark urban wear and accessories. 



The adrenaline rush of meeting your favorite artists is always a positive stamp. People were buzzing in the store, fascinated by Narcy's installation and merchandise. His mom – may Allah bless her – was his number one supporter as she was witnessing her son's success. For a moment, everyone became silent. Even Narcy seemed quiet – almost in shock - and was humbled by the presence of a legend in the hip hop realm. Guess who walks in? Prodigy of MOBB Deep! WHAT?! That was the first and last time I saw him. He was accompanied by his partner "Havoc"

I notice Narcy whispering to his mother in arabic “I used to listen to these guys when we were kids!” A proud moment I am sure for him and for his mom; and I honestly couldn't help myself but share my pride and amazement at Prodigy's humility and show of support towards an Arab hip hop artist.



   

In a baqala: it couldn't get any more “street” than this. I am privileged to have briefly crossed paths with a legend, an iconic figure in Hip-Hop.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Syrian Rapper Bu Kolthoum set to release VIDEO from his debut album Bo'Bo'

CAN'T WAIT !


Arab Talent




Mad love to the brothers. Love this & I hope we see more collaborations like this. 

Salute 



Friday, June 16, 2017

Big Hass interviews Raha Moharrak | First Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest



Had a Q&A with Raha Moharrak, check it out below.

JAY Z TWEETS NAMES OF 95 RAPPERS WHO INSPIRES HIM !!!


American Rapper Jay Z really never tweets but last night and out of nowhere, he started naming rappers that inspires him, the list reached 95 names, check out the names below.

He did say that he will DELETE twitter, so maybe you can screen shots ;)











Monday, June 12, 2017

The Flipside DXB | For All Things Vinyl

Shadi Megallaa (Founde of FlipSideDxb) 

About 3 weeks ago, A vinyl store opened its doors in Dubai giving the UAE and the GCC an authentic spot for vinyl lovers. Shadi Megallaa who is a Dj and one of the coolest personalities in the UAE has taken the step of launching The Flip Side DXB which is an independent record store based in Unit 71, Alserkal Avenue in Dubai. 

I had the pleasure to visit the store and fell in love with it and the vibes there. I also walked out with few goodies :) 

I asked Shadi few questions and he was generous enough to answer them. Check it out & go support the fam


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BIG HASS: You're very passionate about vinyl, why? what does vinyl culture mean to you? 

Shadi Megallaa : Vinyl culture to me is everything. Its the past, present & the future all rolled up in one. Listening to music on vinyl is the closest we as humans have ever got to time traveling. Its not about the medium itself, but its about the music. If you want to discover music from all around the world. Vinyl is the only way. 

BH: Flip Side has been open now for approx 3 weeks What has been the highlight so far?

SM: The highlight was definitely the opening. It was such a long process to get up to that point. Seeing people enjoying vinyl & a lot of them being in a record shop for the 1st time in their lives was mind blowing & so surreal. 





BH: What was the biggest challenge in launching such a store? 

SM: The biggest challenge was having to be patient & not giving up. All good things take time. That was something I learnt the hard way. A year and a half or so is a very long time to be working on one single project.




BH: For people who don't know/don't appreciate vinyl, why is it important for them to visit Flip Side? What's your future plans for Flip Side DXB?

SM: You don't have to buy & collect vinyl to enjoy being in a record store. People don't go to a museum to buy paintings. They go to absorb them. A record shop is no different



BH: What's your future plans for Flip Side DXB?

SM: I have plans of doing a lot more in-store events not only showcasing DJs but also live music. We also plan to show music documentaries once a month as well as listening sessions. People are always listening to music while doing something else. Sometimes you need to leave everything & dedicate time just to listen to music. It seems like a very simple thing to do, but peoples attention spans are so short these days with all the social media. There is a lot more to come. We haven't even scratched the surface.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Illa J - Home



Check out the fam illa J !! so dope! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ICE CUBE FACES BILL MAHER


Bill Maher says the N-word and Cube gets on his show and replies

"That's our WORD now... and you can't have it back" Ice Cube 

"When I hear my homie say it, it don't feel like venom... when I hear a white person say it, it feels like that knife stabbing even if they dont mean it"

Watch the full clip below




Check out Ice Cube  new video "Good Cop Bad Cop" 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Iraqi/Canadian Producer "Sandhill" at it again with "THE FISHER"

Pic by Tamara Abdul Hadi - Gaza 2016

Sandhill is one of my favorite producers in the world not just Arabia.. his authenticity & passion are incredible! Check out his latest production entitled "The Fisher" on his SOUNDCLOUD.


One of the reasons why I called him "The Spear Of Arab Hip-Hop Production"

Cover Photo by Tamara Abdul Hadi


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ASHEKMAN Honors Lebanese Legend Fairuz / Beirut Mural



Lebanese Graffiti duo ASHEKMAN keep on impressing me with their positive mindset. Their latest mural in Beirut was for the Lebanese legend "Fairuz" which of course is an icon in the world and the fact that her songs resembles love and peace is what ASHEKMAN wants to portray. 

It took them approx 3 days to complete this and yet again add color to Beirut city. 

Mad love and respect to the ASHEKMAN Brothers.. wishing them nothing but success and I can't wait to see what they do next.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

TOKEN releases "New Problems"




Big salute to the fam Token for always being on point. This is a very powerful track with honest bars. Check it out


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bu Kolthoum Releases NEW TRACK & IT IS INCREDIBLE !!!!!




Bu Kolthoum just released a new track .This track is entitled "Hayy" which means "Alive". It is also produced by him.

I been in contact with Bu Kolthoum for quite sometime, he has been in a refugee camp in Europe and this track is inspired by the things he saw/experience at the camp. 

I got so much love & respect for this man! May Allah bless him. He recently said that his papers worked out and his situation will be better soon. This track will definitely inspire so many people that are facing/faced a similiar situation. The track got me teary a bit, I could never imagine what he went through, what a lot of refugees go through on a daily basis.. this is an important song for every human-being.. Mad Love



Thank you Bu Kolthoum for being an important voice for our generation.

I can't wait for his highly anticipated album "Bo'Bo"that will be released later on 2017!


Friday, May 5, 2017

BROTHER ALI RELEASES HIS ALBUM ""All the Beauty In This Whole Life" & it's a MASTERPIECE



Brother Ali just released his highly anticipated album "All the Beauty In This Whole Life" and oh God what a masterpiece it is. I woke up on a Friday morning all the way in Dubai and as I was checking my email, I found that my pre-order has arrived and its ready to download and that's exactly what I did, I didn't know what to expect but I knew it will be real.. As I started listening to his song "Special Effects" it HIT ME! i started tearing, i let go and I fell in love with this album already from the 3rd track.

Check out the video of Own Light (What Hearts Are For)


 
This is a must have and shout out to Rhymesayers and to "Ant" for producing such a gem.

Stream the album below and support this kind of true art. The reason why music was created in the first place is to liberate and that's what Brother Ali's lyrics will do to you..

Bless you brother, I love you and I can't wait to meet you one day.

May Allah Bless you..and thank you for affecting my life in a way that only makes me better. Salam



Friday, April 28, 2017

Saudi Singer/Songwriter 'tamtam' releases new EP | Identify Myself



Saudi artist "tamtam" has always captured my admiration!! She just released her new EP entitled "Identify Myself" alongside the video for the track with the same EP title.

Love the track, love the message & more power to her! The message of ONE, of not being boxed in, of being human first..

Check out the video now! 

رد على "التمساح" هيب هوب

لست بشخص إؤيد "الديسات" و لكن هذا يعتبر رد اعتبار و رسالة الى كل من يشوه صورة الراب حتى لو كانت بطريقة  كوميدية 

من ٥ أشهر ، نشر البرنامج اليوتيوبي المشهور "التمساح" 
حلقة تحت عنوان الترمبية المعركية 



و في الدقيقة ٦:٥٠ بدأ الحديث عن هذا فيديو 




من الطبيعي ان يستاء جمهور الراب لانه التمساح حتى لو كان بطريقة كوميدية/هزلية يتحدث عن الهيب هوب .. فهذا فقط يؤثر على الهيب هوب بطرقة سلبية و السبب هو عدم الفهم الكلي عن ثقافة الهيب هوب في العالم العربي ، أنا شخصيا لا مانع لدي مما فعله التمساح و لكن ثقافة الهيب هوب لدى الشعوب العربية لا زالت ليست مكتملة.. فأتى الرد عن طريق الشباب .. اسمع الأغنية

MAD SQUABLZ KILLED THE KENDRICK "HUMAN" BEAT !!!


Hands Down, one of my fav rappers in the game now! Glad I been supporting him for a while! Expect BIG THINGS from Mad Squablz!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mèdine - Global


One of fav. rappers!! the fam Mèdine 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Focus The Truth - Gonna Change feat. Ayo Da Don | VIDEO Directed by Mohammed Hammad



I know Mohammed Hammad for more than 7 years now! I met him when he was a producer at Dubai One TV and ever since we stayed in touched. I always thought he's a dope director and a great soul.

A week ago, he messaged me saying that he directed a video for rapper "Focus The Truth" and I was glad he did that because lyrically "Focus The Truth" is truly incredible & genuine.

Check out the song "Gonna Change" feat Ayo Da Don off the album "Q85" - I feel the vibe of this track and will be airing it on my radio show soon.  I also advise you to check out the album and subscribe to his Youtube Channel. #HipHopIsONE 

Mad proud of my brother Mo Hammad, check out his video work HERE



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN


Click the picture below and support Kendrick Lamar! 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Mougleta Releases "Dancing Shoes" || BIG HIT !


Boombox UAE artist "Mougleta" just released a hit that should be played all over the radio in Arabia & the world.  This Lebanese/Canadian singer/songwriter is making a huge bang and I for one am proud to have met/interviewed her. 

Produced by "Rayan", Mougleta captures us with her vibes and incredible voice! What an incredible talent she is

This is a must heard song, you can hear the full song Exclusively on Music Streaming Service "Anghami"



RUSS LIVE IN DUBAI / 29th April




I was able and through the good people of 1520 to get a phone interview with American Hip-Hop artist "RUSS".. sadly the audio got damaged and it wasn't recorded well.. ;( I am trying my best now to either revive it or do a re-interview when he comes to Dubai, UAE for his FIRST SHOW IN UAE )

The main question people wanted to ask RUSS was about his "policy" for not having any opening acts in his shows. His reply was ""Let them build their own **** fan base, I have worked so hard to get mine and I ain't giving it away like that & if rappers get mad, let them get mad"

He also expressed his love for the Middle-East ! He does have fans from Saudi who will be flying in to attend. His show on Friday 29th is highly anticipated and it's so cool to see someone like "RUSS" selling out venues worldwide. At one point he kept releasing a song every week for a year. His work ethic is incredible and when I asked him about that, his answer was "I simply wanted to blow up" which he did!


If you're in the region, make sure you fly out for this and attend the show. 

Big salute to Rèpublique for hooking me up with 2 free tickets! I cant wait to be there and hopefully get a backstage pass and do the interview (THIS TIME VIDEO !!) 



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Berusaha - HerdiOflo feat Swerte of The Recipe DXB | Hip-Hop is WORLDWIDE !!



Big up Indonesia! Cant understand, BUT DEF FEEL THE VIBE! MAD LOVE!!! #HipHopIsWorldWide 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Al Nather x Awal Wej || BEATS


I am a huge fan of Al Nather's work. He's a Palestinian producer based in Ramallah.

Check out his collaboration with "Awal Wej" which is a set of musical performances. Al Nather is presenting to us some of his finest production/beats.

I also see the brother "Muqata'a" there. Dope video. Juts click play & enjoy them BEATS!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hijabi by Mona Haydar


I think this is dope. I find it strange that some people are "offended" by this yet they let all the stupid "champaign bottle poppin'/twerking" go by and they even promote it.

That's how you beat those stereotypes.. 

Salute to the team. Be you

Watch this


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Narcy Launches WATM Podcast | First Guest: Reggie Ossé from COMBAT JACK SHOW


Iraqi/Canadian Artist Narcy has always had my respect. He's someone I look up to. He's currently teaching one of Canada's only Hip-Hop courses at Concordia University in Montréal.

Check out his song "Free" which is truly incredible as well, directed by Ridwan Adhami 



WATM (WeAreTheMedium) which is a creative collective that Narcy is heading at the moment is also now a podcast and the first guest of that podcast was also one of my favorite people! I love The Combat Jack Show, If you don't know it.. please get acquainted..its a must if you're a fan of Hip-Hop..

Long story short, this convo between Narcy & Reggie is a MUST LISTEN, so go ahead, click play


Dubai Based Rapper Kshr releases video for his track "Campaign" | #Support_Local_Talent




I've known Kshr Abz since 2011/2012, I remember he was & hopefully still a fan of my radio show "Laish Hip-Hop?" - I hosted him on the show as well. I liked his flow and I always want to give a platform to artists to express their talent. 

Life is a journey and I am now broadcasting my show from the UAE and Kshr is building his own following in the UAE and on the web,  I believe he's got loyal fans and people behind him that push him & support  his music. 



He just released this video for his track "Campaign" ft 1 Take Nandos (produced by Blue Nova), this track was part of his EP called "3 Piece" that has 2 other songs that fit the same vibe




I asked him to talk about the track, he gave re-volt this answer "This song is just talking about me having people behind me.....Team too strong I might run for president....Squad running like a campaign is the hook.. it's a track you celebrate with  your circle, your close people that support you and move with you"

He is trying to target a different crowd and I love that he's always experimenting. Check out the video below 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DUBAI BASED "IMAN AL SHAYBANI" SHOOTS FOR THE ROLE OF JASMINE IN DISNEY's Featured Film




So Disney has put a casting call for a live-action FEATURE FILM adaptation of ALADDIN !! 

They doing things right getting acts from the Middle-East!! 


























Iman Al-Shaybani has just posted this on Youtube and I truly believe that Disney should consider her. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

DINA SAADI | SOLO EXHIBIOTION | VALIENT FACES


Dina Saadi is a visual artist based Dubai. She was born in Moscow and raised in Damascus. She holds a BA in Visual Communications. 

She has completed many artwork in public spaces across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US. Her style is influenced by Pop Art, rich in colour and pattern. Dina believes in changing the world through art and transforming public spaces into galleries. 
She is very passionate about empowering Arab women to use the streets of the Middle East as their canvas. 


Dina, living and working in Dubai, focuses on her career as a visual artist, muralist and video blogger that travels around the world documenting the various stages of her journey and process. 

Dina Saadi was artist in residence at thejamjar from 15 January to 9 March. 

She is holding a Solo Exhibition in Dubai at JamJar from 
13-23 March,2017 that I truly recommend you checking out. I had the pleasure to take a sneak peek and I LOVED IT !!
Here's the flyer:



Social links: 
www.instagram.com/dinasaadi/ 
www.facebook.com/SaadiDina/ 
Snapchat: dina_saadi 
dinasaadi.tumblr.com 
twitter.com/SaadiDina


Friday, March 10, 2017

20 YEARS SINCE BIGGIE's Passing ...



"You never thought that hip hop would take it this far" those lyrics sang by Biggie Smalls in his track "Juicy" impacted me in a great way. This was the first Hip-Hop track I listened to and back then my English wasn't that good at all, but I remembered what I felt.. it felt good, his vibe, his flow got to me.

This track was released in 1994... all I could say is that 17 years later, that same kid that heard the track "Juicy" and fell in love with Hip-Hop is now the man who launched Saudi's FIRST & ONLY FM Hip-Hop radio show promoting the true essence of Hip-Hop as a culture and supporting local talent on the radio... BLESSED 




May Biggie's soul rest in power. I can't believe that he had that much impact with ONLY 2 STUDIO ALBUMS "Ready to Die (1994) & Life After Death (1997)". He was only 24 years. Biggie is gone but NEVER FORGOTTEN. The ONLY king of NEW YOUR 

March 9th,2017 marked 20 years of Biggie Smalls passing...

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sudanese Producer Sammny releases his highly anticipated Album "Briefcase"


Sudanese producer Sammany has FINALLY dropped his highly anticipated Album entitled "Briefcase".


It's obvious that Sammny's goal here is to give salute to his Sudanese heritage and to all the genuine/authentic classics that had Sudanese people proud. 

Sammany's Soundcloud page had exploded in the past 24 hours resulting in over 40,000 plays for this Album till this moment. All the support is coming from the Sudanese community all over the world and I would like to show support to Sammny and to Sudan and tell him that I am super proud of him, I would like to thank him for giving us a "window" to Sudan through these AUTHENTIC vibes. You truly can get to know a nation through these tunes combining the past with the present in a way that is so mind elevating and civilized.

The intro of the EP has the voice of Sudanese legend "Hashim Merghani" who was a singer that played the Oud. He also was an Architect. He was talking about the authenticity of Sudanese culture. ( I loved that)



Go support the brother.. Check out the briefcase below (Get to know Sudan a bit more through music..)


Satti - Batthakar (Produced by She'rab & Smokable)


Jordanian rapper SATTI collaborates with producers She'rab & Smolable to make "Batthakar" - Check out the video below

Sudanese Producer SUFYVN releases first single off his upcoming EP "Ascension"


I've always appreciated Sufvyn's production..He's always genuine in his production and always trying new things out. I appreciate him. There's no specific genre he's covering, but the blend/the fusion and the vibe is just unique and incredible.

He just release the first single from his upcoming EP "Ascension" entitled "DUST" 



I asked Sufyvn : what could people expect about this release, he said 

"Ascension EP" is an electronic project, where I continue to experiment with traditional Sudanese instruments and rhythms, as well as the use of vintage Sudanese samples, without being tied to any specific genre, other than being my own interpretation of Sudanese music in an electronic context. through the use if traditional string based instruments such as the Oud, as well as Sudanese percussion, and samples salvaged from old vinyls and cassette tapes. personally, I think the more I try and describe the sound, the more likely I'll end up putting it in a box and add a label to it, which is the complete opposite of what I'm trying to do.




You can PRE-ORDER the EP now by CLICKING HERE

Go support your local artists.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Saudi Singer TamTam Releases Video entitled "Hollywood No"


Ever since I heard TamTam sing, I fell in love with her passion and simplicity. She just released a video for her track "Hollywood No", a powerful message to the industry and more importantly to indie artists out there..

When I asked TamTam "Why did you write this song?" Her answer was  

"I really wanted to make this music video as a DIY (do it yourself) because the music industry can be really tough, especially when you're an independent artist, and I want to show and inspire other independent musicians that you can do a cool music video on your IPhone! you don't need to pay a whole production team and director...etc. I hope this song and video will inspire people and encourage them to keep going no matter how many hollywood no's they receive 😉"

Watch the video and leave your feedback

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Narcy - FREE (Official Music Video) | Directed by Ridwan Adhami


"Free" which is a track off Narcy's album "World War Free Now!" has always been one of my favorite tracks and now I love it even more because of the video that was just dropped. The footage was shot by Ridwan Adhami over 5 years and it features refugees from 19 countries. The track is produced by Sandhill.

I've asked both Narcy & Ridwan about how a track like this can contribute to change the difficult situation on the ground, their answer was this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/WEWILLBEFREE

Ridwan Adhami added " This video will inshallah add a human face that you can connect to. Each of the people has a name and a story. I am pretty sure you can find somebody in their that looks like you or one of your friends

Do something good today! Donate. 



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Mad Squablz- Still Rising | On a Dj Premier Beat!


Ever since I heard Mad Squablz for the first time, i simply fell in love with his flow, his genuinely. At a young age, he's definitely one of my favorite rappers at the moment. I can't wait to host him on the show or interview him for my blog!

He just killed this Dj Premier beat "The Peace Maker" and gave it its due! One Love

Check it out below

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