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Egyptian Rapper Mosalem Feels Life’s Pressures in New Track ‘Daght’

The radio presenter and rapper continues a hot streak of releases in 2021, as he continues to separate himself from Egypt’s growing rap crowd.

Ahmed Khalaf

With a distinct sense of lyricism and eclectic approach to his music, Egyptian rapper, Mosalem, has emerged as one of 2021 most interesting artists, one that has separated himself from the trap-shaabi sound that defines much of the Egyptian scene.

It isn’t just in sound that he’s separated himself, it's the subject matters he touches on, ranging from the tongue-in-cheek romantic, to the deeply reflective and personal. 

Produced by Jamal Ehab, his latest release, ‘Daght’, falls in the latter camp, his lyrics painting a picture of suffocation, caused by the pressures of modern life. Baring some similarities to Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’, heavily distorted 808s kick off a track that boasts a similar drum pattern to the Kanye classic, its irregularity keeping things interesting alongside a melancholic piano progression, without ever compromising Mosalem’s cleanly delivered, cleverly constructed bars.