It’s been five weeks since the turn of the year and every week has – we found – given us a different song that’s set the tone for the days that followed. Mixing styles and genres, the five tracks below also serve as a microcosm of the disparate musical directions regional artists are wont to take.
Fuck This Shit – Smash Beats: Menacing and angry, producer turned rapper Smash Beats pulls no punches as is evident by the title. Directly following an ode to friends and family, here’s the other side of the coin.
Eshtaq – El Rass: Possibly the pick of the bunch in terms of how deftly it fuses different genre tropes, Lebanese rapper El Rass mixes Hip Hop with traditional folk music that comfortably rides atop an old-school R&B groove.
Hear all the songs in one playlist here.