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From Beirut to the World: 10 Lebanese Rappers Making Waves in 2024



In recent years, Lebanon's hip-hop scene has experienced a renaissance, with a new wave of talented rappers emerging onto the scene. These artists bring a fresh perspective, addressing social issues, cultural identity, and personal narratives through their music. As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, the voices of these Lebanese rappers resonate, capturing the zeitgeist and offering insights into the diverse experiences of Lebanese youth and diaspora. Here are 10 Lebanese rappers poised to leave an indelible mark on the hip-hop landscape in 2024:



Anees


Anees is an American-born Lebanese/Palestinian rapper and pop star who has significantly impacted the global music scene, paving the way for Arab artists. With millions of followers and streams on Spotify and YouTube, his hit "Sun and Moon" recently became the first English song to top the Billboard Philippines Songs chart. Anees infuses depth and intellect into his genre-defying sound, which spans hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B, and soul. His collaborations with diverse artists and his openness about mental health struggles make him a compelling and relatable figure. Anees promises to deliver unforgettable music while showing solidarity with social issues in Lebanon and Palestine.


Dizaster



Dizaster, a Lebanese/American battle rapper hailing from Los Angeles, California, is an undeniable legend in the art of battle rap. Renowned for his fast-paced, multi-syllabic rap style delivered with intense aggression, Dizaster is widely regarded as one of the greatest battlers of all time. He has inspired many legends, including Eminem, Drake, Method Man, Redman, and Royce da 5'9", among countless others. His presence on stage is formidable, making him a force to be reckoned with.


Beyond his exceptional rap skills, Dizaster has also made a name for himself in the film industry, proving to be a formidable actor. In his latest role as Megaton in the Eminem-produced movie "Bodied," he showcases his talent to a broader audience, demonstrating what he brings to the table. With millions of views online and an enigmatic energy that never stops, Dizaster's presence is only growing. Expect to see much more from him in the future.


Ay Huncho



Ayhuncho, a rising Lebanese artist emerging from Australia's vibrant rap and hip-hop scene, is making waves and transforming the game for the better. With the release of his explosive single "Lifestyle 100" in 2017 and an opening slot for Tory Lanez that same year, he has cemented his presence in the music industry. Influenced by iconic figures such as Tupac, Biggie Smalls, 21 Savage, Migos, Tyga, and Chris Brown, Ayhuncho blends elements of old-school rap with the contemporary sounds of the new generation. The result is a collection of songs that linger in the mind for weeks on end, showcasing his versatility and undeniable talent.


Jamul



An engineering graduate and rapper, Moe Jamul masterfully blends music with humor, creating rap and hip-hop tracks that address serious social issues in a sarcastic manner. His latest song, "Aatab," a collaboration with Bu Nasser, premiered three weeks ago, further showcasing his unique approach to tackling pressing topics through his art.


Malikah Lynn



Self-proclaimed as the "Queen of Arabic hip-hop," Lynn Fattouh, better known as Malikah, has established herself as one of Lebanon's most significant musicians. Her hard-hitting rhymes and serious lyricism have propelled her to the forefront of the rap scene in the Middle East. Malikah's influence has been recognized in several major publications, including Vogue Arabia and the LA Times. She has made multiple television appearances and even opened for Snoop Dogg in Abu Dhabi in 2011. Malikah's contributions to music continue to resonate, solidifying her status as a trailblazer in the Arabic hip-hop world.


Nizar Zgheib



Nizar Zgheib holds the distinction of being the most streamed rapper in Lebanese history and stands as a prominent and controversial figure in the realm of rap music. As the founder of Bloodz Records Productions (Label) and a frequent collaborator with Anthony Samarany, the duo has risen to become the most celebrated rap duo in Lebanon. Their remarkable synergy has cultivated the largest fan base in the country, with devoted supporters known as the RedNation. Together, they have reshaped the Lebanese rap scene, establishing themselves as pioneers and trailblazers in the industry.


Bu Nasser Touffar



This Baalbaki-born musician and author has been a prominent figure in the rap scene since 2009 and remains one of the most active and renowned Lebanese rappers today. Known for his strong political messages, his songs resonated powerfully during the October 17 revolution, often heard blasting on speakers amidst the protests. His influence extends beyond Lebanon, having performed in Amsterdam, Germany, Turkey, and most recently in France, showcasing his talent on an international stage.




Little G Fresh



An 18-year-old Lebanese female rapper and hip-hop singer based in the United States, she has quickly made a name for herself by participating in local rap battles. As the youngest talent in the scene, she is introducing a fresh and dynamic presence, showcasing her skills and earning recognition in the competitive world of rap and hip-hop.


El Rass



A rapper hailing from Tripoli, Lebanon, El Rass began his journey into hip-hop during high school, inspired by the pioneering voices of Arab rap emanating from Algeria. Following his education in France and a stint in the banking sector, he returned to Lebanon to pursue a career in journalism. In 2011, he reignited his passion for rap under the moniker El Rass, embarking on a career that would see him tour the world and establish himself as a trailblazer in the Arab rap scene. With over five albums and hundreds of singles to his name, he has solidified his reputation as a pioneer and game changer in the genre.


Nuj



Nuj, a 24-year-old rapper, is spearheading the revival of Lebanon's flagging music scene, particularly within the realm of rap. Recently signed to Beirut Records and Entertainment, he employs his versatile flows and impeccable lyricism to craft music that vividly portrays the realities of the "New Lebanon." In a country where the state struggles to provide even a few hours of daily electricity, Nuj's music serves as a poignant reflection of the challenges and conditions faced by its people.


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