10 Oct

10 Arab Rap Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To

Regional rappers from Amman to Casablanca

Written By Amina Kaabi

From Ramallah and Amman to Tunis and Casablanca, hip hop has grown to become quite a prominent genre in the regional music scene.

 

With the most prevalent Arab musicians sticking to more Eastern sounds, rappers from the region have struggled to make their way to the top, but despite the lack of music industry infrastructure, thanks to platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube, a new generation of talent has found new ways to showcase their work.

 

Thanks in large to the internet, rappers have weaved their way into society, creating a scene that hadn’t existed before—with many taking cues from the already-huge industry in the West with its heavily auto-tuned sounds.

 

But local roots also remain a clear influence, culminating in a hip-hop scene that perfectly combines regional contexts with global sounds. To give you an introduction into the scene, MILLE rounds up 10 Arab rap songs you need to listen to.

 

 

Shab Jedid – Aady

 

MBS – Enfant Innocents

 

SHOBEE (Shayfeen), LAYLOW, MADD – Money Call

 

ISSAM – Caviar

 

Ghali – Wily Wily

 

ShiBoBa – Al Wazan Al Thaqeel

 

Soolking – Dalida

 

Manal ft. Shayfeen – Nah

 

El Castro – Manhirech