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

Friday, February 10, 2017

Flippter - Shafata (Straight Outta Sudan)


New video was just posted by "Shattat"which is a Youtube channel straight out of Sudan providing comical sketches with a message.


This video is a rap parody that has Loay Karim (a.k.a "flippter") rapping using the word "Shafatah" which means in Sudanese dialogue a person whose doing well, successful and on a good roll.

I asked Flippter what did he want to achieve with this song, he replied "To earn respect locally first, the to prove to the Middle-East Hip-Hop artists and fans that Sudanese people have bars too and also to help solve our problems by developing our own industries instead of individual businesses with or without help from other countries because we are awesome"

Watch the video below! Salute to them.. The video is well done, funny & catchy. 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shiboba Ft Daddy KooL - يفضل حبرك


من أهم الرابرز في العالم العربي .. نقطة مهمة و وجهة نظر حقيقية

NEW VIDEO ALERT | BEDI ASAFER | SATTI

SATTI is one of my favorite MC's in Arabia. The Jordanian rapper has cool flow and is always on point in his lyrics. I find the way he uses "word play" is very interesting.

I was honored to be part of this video amongst faces I love, admire & respect such as Outlandish, Malikah, Eslam Jawaad, Damar, Anas Arabi, Yaseen, BU KOLTHOUM & many others.. 

Check out this video & go support your local talents !

Friday, February 3, 2017

One on One | Graffiti writer Sya One




Had the pleasure of chatting one on one with Sya One. I've always admired his work and his passion towards the true art of writing. This was supposed to go on Re-Volt Magazine; but we are postponing the issue for now, I felt I had to post this on here. Enjoy!

Big Hass: Can you recall an anecdote during your first steps into Graffiti writing?

Sya One: Pretty much the usual things chases, hiding etc but I think one that stands out is when me and a friend were hitting tags in our local area one night and could hear something tracing our steps but thought nothing of bit. We carried on getting up until I turn a around and saw the silhouette of the biggest damn dog I have ever seen standing looking at us, We bolted but this dog keep coming so we had to run and hide in a block of flats. The dog was a Great Dane and the owner had spotted us tagging from his flat so just let the dog out. The thing was massive, Horse like. Not something you want to see at night.

Big Hass: Going from one culture to another requires a lot of tolerance ;open-mindedness. How was your first interaction with the EAST? when did you actually move to Dubai, UAE?

Sya One: I moved here nearly 11 yrs ago but took me about a year to get flowing with painting I guess. I kind of new what to expect with Dubai as I had been here several times before so understood the lay of the land and what you could and could not do. I also knew that graff existed here as I had seen flicks of the Mighty Frez work.



Big HassGraffiti writing and street art are often confused with one another.  How can Sya One explain the difference?

Sya One: Simple , Graffiti is and always will be about letter forms and construction, about getting up , about making your mark, Street art is the pretty stuff that your parents will like




Big Hass: Do you think painting a "Commercial" Job takes the fun out of the whole experience?

Sya One: Sorry but 100per cent it does. Its takes the freedom out of what you can create, takes away the thrill if you will . Needs to be such and such color and needs to say this and that . It does however put it out there for the public to see the creation of a piece. My personal stuff is completely different to my commission stuff. Once in a while you will get a client that says go nuts which is dope.



Big Hass: What is the sort of support you been getting from Dubai in terms of (Media exposure)?

Sya OneNo idea, good I guess, I take pictures of most of my stuff and if people like it then cool, if they don’t cool, if I get work from it even better as it is now my day job . The support I have had has been really good and I'm truly blessed and thankful for all those that have given me the exposure One thing I have never done is whore myself out, I think that you should get work on merit and skill and not by“ LOOK AT ME IM A DOPE ARTIST “.

Big Hass: Who are some of the writers you suggest for us to follow (Worldwide)?

Sya One: Here in the Middle East , Frez, Has, FWC, Phat2, EPS, Deeya and many more, so go hunt for them. As for worldwide, way to many man, if you are into this culture then you will know whose burning. Everyone is on Insta or FB nowadays

Big Hass: What has been the best thing that ever happened to you?

Sya One: Meeting my wife Steffi Bow


Sya One & his wife Steffi Bow 


Big Hass: What are your thoughts on the Graffiti scene in Dubai?

Sya One: This where I get in trouble as my views on this are very strong so I need to word this very carefully.
Graffiti here has no real culture of being here, its not London or NewYork where it was part of the citys canvas, Graffiti as a movement is older than the uniting of the emirates. Graffiti can thrive here but there will never ever be a street level scene like in other cities as this city is NEW ( I'm talking about Dubai), by Street level I mean tagging, bombing, street pieces etc. It will get buffed out and stamped out in a heart beat, As for the writers the PROPER writers know who they are so I'm going no further with that. As for a scene I think its great the writers are all super talented and are making a mark in different ways. We all know each other and are friends which is also really cool, so graffiti is here and burning bright but the Streets are not smashed , I think we have all accepted that. We do have a lot of really talented street artists here as well.

Big Hass: What sort of music you listen to while you painting?

Sya One: Drum and Bass, it’s the only music I love.

Big Hass: In Hip-Hop, there's always a debate between whats real and what's not. For you Sya One. What is real Hip-Hop?

Sya OneIm not really into Hip Hop if im honest but I think I can tell the difference, Big Daddy Kane , EPMD, Hijack ( London ), Gunshot (London), Master Ace and those from that era proper HIP HOP, the shit you hear on the radio now and in the clubs, Lil Wayne ?? Drake ?? etc WAK !!!!!!!!


Sya One with DMC (RUN DMC)

Big Hass:
 
What was the BEST "comment" you ever received about your work? (Something you wont ever forget)

Sya One: I don’t really get comments apart form on the social media sites. If im painting live and people take the time to watch and talk to me whilst im painting is probably better than “ Nice Piece “ on Facebook. Its that interaction with people that makes it worth it.( for the record I cant stand social media platforms but in this day and age it seems the only way to show my work to the world)



Big Hass: What is your dream?

Sya One: I don’t have any, Dreams are like Promises , They get broken. Live each day for all it has

Big Hass:You married to Steffi Bow (you're known in Dubai as the Graffiti Lovers..) Do you ever give each other constructive criticism & if so what did she say about your work?

Sya One: Yeah we need to do its part of progressing, if she thinks I've done something that looks weird or ain't really working she will say so and vice versa. As writer you need to criticize and take criticism as it makes you progress, if you cant take it then you are in the wrong game , it comes with the territory


Steffi Bow


Big Hass: Who are the people that always showed you support in Dubai & you want to shout them out?

Sya One: My wife Steffi Bow for keeping me sane. FREZ ( king) for just being a straight G and a good friend and for picking up the phone and calling me all those years ago LOL. Lobito for the continued support through out. Ben ( Mach4 ) for being another big supporter and for giving me my first Dj set out here, All the FWC crew, all the guys out in Beirut more so Phat 2 for being a hell of a dude and putting me in ACK Tim, Alex, Tall Man Sam, Keir, Lucas, Dave Mandem, Somalie,Fats, Lady Mauve Sameena, Jiver, Deamz ahhhhhh man to many people I'm blessed for sure to have people that dig what I do.

Big Hass: If you're given the opportunity to say ONE WORD and the whole world would HEAR It.. What would the word be? why?
Sya One: STOP !!! Stop all the BS in this world, wars, poverty and all that. Obvious but true.

Big Hass: Tell Re-Volt Blog something not a lot of people know about/of you.

Sya One: I really hate spiders but they fascinate me at the same time. If I see a big ass spider I need to look at it but if it moves I'm done and will set fire to it LOL


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I thank Sya One for his time and dope answers, check out this quick video he did in collaboration with #Netflix. Video was shot by the great team of "The Flex". It was part of the #MakeYourMark campaign celebrating "The Get Down" series on Netflix 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sons Of Yusuf - 'On My Way' VIDEO Directed by Miniature Malekpour


Kuwaiti brothers Sons Of Yusuf release their new video "On My Way" off their mixtape entitled "Khalifornia" which you could stream HERE

The video was directed by Miniature Malekpour who added her own style to the brothers already great talent.

Although the lyrics are mainly English, they do incorporate a lot of Arabic in their songs, and this one has some great messages about believing in yourself and removing all this "Politricks" we have going on. 

Dope Video. Dope message. Big up to them

Lyrics of the song can be read HERE


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bei Ru - Tigers On Tujunga (Official Video)

Bei Ru's new video is too cooooool !!

Monday, January 23, 2017

NEW VIDEO RELEASE | Hamza Hawsawi - Love A Little





Saudi R&B sensation Hamza Hawsawi (who won the X-Factor Arabia 2015) just released hist FIRST single after that win. He took his time but the results looks to be incredible. 

Just give it a listen here:-

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Arabic Rap | Muhandas X Asifeh - Neuron/نيورون





With a beat that allows you to vibe and some dope scratching by TAKO, Lebanese MC "Mohandas" & Palestinian MC/Producer "Asifeh" explode on a track that will sure teach you a thing or two. It also has some great punch-liners. Love the vibe for this. Been a fan of Asifeh for quite some time and I love Muhandas vibe and flow. Can't wait to have them rep on a RE-VOLT CYPHER !



Beat produced by Asifeh. 

Listen 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

NEW VIDEO ALERT | Shébani - Make Noise



Shébani's just released a new video of her track "Make Noise".. One can simply tell that she has mad talent and I love that she's also making videos for her songs. 

With the support of producer RAYAN from CTG Production, I am sure that Shébani will be playing in big festivals very soon. Proud of them , their work.

Go Support her. Watch. Like & Share

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