While Gaza is under attack and God only knows what is going down in Syria, Lebanese Rapper Kiki C released her single “The Mediterranean,” in which she raps “It’s about to be a great year!”
Cleverly enough Kiki C, the rapper who sounds like Ke$ha but still looks like an Arab porn popstar, avoids mentioning who this is ‘about to be a great year’ for. Upon closer listen it sounds like she’s referring to partying around the Mediterranean.
What do you think? Will this be the summer hit in Lebanon?
We couldn’t find any other songs by Kiki C but we did find this video on her youtube account:
And there is also these rhymes posted together with this picture on Facebook:
When my music get’s released, Im sure ya’ll will be amazed, I might look like a pretty face, But i make a living off my brai... [more]
-Interviews with the artists and what’s next for the music!
This week saw two wildly-anticipated releases in the Lebanese electronic music scene.
First I caught up with Samer “Etyen” Chami who is a frequent and beloved guest on our radio show to discuss the launch of the EP.
Congratulations on the launch! How is the album being received so far?
Thank you! It’s going really well; People in the industry are telling me they love it and my fans seem to enjoy it too. Most people are giving me tons of positive feedback on the first single “Autumn” which has vocals and ... [more]
Guest post by Karl Metni from the Unplugged Poets.
2Famous.TV has always been open for guest bloggers who have something to say. This was written by rapper/musician/poet from the Unplugged Poets, Karl Metni, and originally posted on his Facebook wall after a downtown demonstration against the bomb in Ashrafieh in 2012. Since that shocking bomb, more than six have exploded in Beirut, killing politicians, innocent civilians, and destroying city structures.
OCTOBER 21, 2012
If you’re with the Lebanese Forces, or Aoun, or Hezb Allah, or the Future movement, or any other party you’re all the same, useless sheep following useless leaders. You can criticize the fact that I only express myself here on Facebook but trust me I’d rather be sitting at home than making a mockery out of my country on national television. You can all die for all I care. In the end this is the flag I’m raising, the Lebanese flag.[more]
-Watch videos of the suspected terrorist hip hopper here!
Lebanese freestyle legend Double A the Preacherman aka H. A. Sharafeddine is said to be arrested on allegations that he is a terrorist. On the picture of his arrest Saida’s very own Preacherman is wearing a shirt with only the top buttoned, baggie shorts, socks to his knees and look a bit confused. Double A is one of the best freestylers in the Middle East not only for his hours of un-ending freestyles but also for often lashing out verbally against authorities, corruption, and power-hungry people. But although he is big, has long beard, comes from Saida and often identifies himself as a boxer in his raps, he has not been famous for having to many contacts in the suicide arena. (except for Chyno who made his own suicide rap)
Double A, hosts a regulated open mic session every Monday night at Radio Beirut, and has often been our guest at the Radio Show. We hope he can pass by on Friday to let us know what happened and set the record straight. Rumor has it he was mi... [more]
New 2Famous.TV Radio Show every Friday from Radio Beirut!
Ah, coming back to the radio was like a breath of fresh air. I’d been listening from a remote location for five shows — which was the first time I’d ever NOT been on the show! During that, I gained a whole new perspective and my excitement for our project only expanded. January 10th we welcomed guests and musicians to keep us up to date on what’s going on these days in Lebanon. Wael Abi Faker, former sound engineer to the Layal and Adrian Show, revealed what it’s like to work as a professional musician in the Lebanese Orchestra. He’s an expert french horn player who carries around a ukelele, which he played while performing an original song!
We also welcomed the editor of Lebanese social media magazine, Cloud 961 who discussed the TechCrunch article that came out claiming that Silicon Valley is losing its mojo to innovation in Beirut.
Musical performances wooed the audience. First we had up and coming singer-songwriter Peter Choucha... [more]
Listen in on the 2Famous.TV Radio SHOW from Radio Beirut, Every Friday!
As you must have read on the news a few weeks ago, there was an awful bomb in Downtown Beirut, Lebanon, which killed innocents and a respectable politician. A few hours later, Matias and I were hosting 2famous.tv’s weekly radio show.
The show turned out to be a great cheering up session to all of us, especially that 2 of our guests live-performed songs they had written that same day, expressing themselves about the situation: Edd Abbas, a very talented hip-hop singer and The Unplugged Poets, an upcoming band of 4 young Lebanese who sing rap and plays rock music.
From all the guests invited that day, The Unplugged Poets were my favorite crush. I loved their avant-guardiste genre and I was truly touched with that song entitled “Sometimes It’s Hard”. Its lyrics can be read below with the video performance. Also, and most importantly, the band started hip-hop jamming right after that song with Edd Abbas! That was so cool (you can l... [more]
Christine from SillyGoon.com does her second interview with Serge from the Incompetents on the 2Famous.TV RadioShow at Radio Beirut!
Last week, I interviewed Serge Yared from The Incompetents during 2famous.tv’s weekly radio show. He spent the majority of the show singing and playing around with his guitar, except during the few minutes we exchanged rather awkward sentences (hey, I’m still new at this).
The Incompetents are made up of Lebanese duo Fadi Tabbal and Serge Yared playing punk/rock and psychedelic/folk songs with a unique rhythm, that they define on their website as “torture with style.”
To illustrate that previous point, here are my favorite tracks, which can be found on their SoundCloud and YouTube channels. My special crush is Cannibal Urinal, with very psychedelic beats. And of course, the podcast of the whole radio show is below.
“Bullets Gently Flying over my Head” (performed during the 2Famous.TV Radio Show backed up by Charlie Rayne)... [more]
-Weekly Radio show falls on the day of the Downtown bombing; Poly, Ed Abbas, Miles Stone talk about it
On the day of the Downtown Beirut Bomb we had invited Super Star Polly, Hip Hop Legend Edd Abbas, The Unplugged Poets and up and coming Lebanese/Canadian rock band, Miles Stone.
– “I don’t want to be a hostage to the situation, and if we were to cancel every time these things happened we would never get to perform,” Poly tells us.
Edd Abbas, who started with hip hop lyrics in Arabic in Lebanon, tells us that the Downtown Beirut Bomb makes him want to write music. Although everyday is somehow like this.
Most prepared of all guests were The Unplugged Poets who had wasted no time by writing a song about the bomb and the situation on the same day it happened!
The young rockers from Miles Stone live in Canada but tell us they want to came back to Lebanon and “make things right”!
The show was hosted by Matias and Christine and Super shout out to Khairy for Epic sound engineering under difficult conditions.... [more]
Interview + performances by Allan from Lazzy Lung, Serge from the Incompetents and Charly Rayne,
In this 2Famous.TV Radio production you get to meet new 2Famous.TVs co-host, Christine Abi Assi, who also has her own music blog: Sillygoon.com.
She interviews Allan from Lazzy Lung and Serge from the Incompetents. Then we talk to Raja from the blog Ohmyhappiness.com, who is, perhaps, the only openly gay blogger in Lebanon. Later, up and coming singer songwriter Charlie Rayne comes all the way from Berlin to Perform a song for us!
Here is a video of Serge from the Incompetents doing one of his own songs, backed up by Charlie Rayne.
Charlie Rayne performs, “I no longer hear the music” by the Libertines... [more]
2Famous.TV Radio also features Moe Kabbara, Habib Batha, Chady Abusleiman and Edd Abbas.
In this Live 2Famous.TV Radio Production from Radio Beirut we start off meeting young Lebanese/Canadian musician Moe Kabbara who is in town and plays for us.
Then we get to meet journalist Rami Aysha who has been working on cases that have gotten him trouble with the authorities. He was kidnapped by a military organization in South Beirut when working on a story about arms dealing and later handed over to the military who kept him for one month without pressing charges. He tells us about his case and how the situation for freedom of press is in Lebanon right now.
He is joined by Habib Batha from Beirutreport.com who also have been assaulted while working as a journalist.
Chady Abusleiman drops by and tells us about the Secret Walls Art Project happening also in Beirut these days!
Then, Edd Abbas of Fari2 Al Atrash, introduces us to his Latest Album, Tripnol.
The Show is Hosted by Matias... [more]