Watching Bashar Suleiman’s metamorphosis into Lil Asaf has been nothing but fascinating over the last year and his latest release sees him team up with one of Jordan’s best rhymers.
The prince of experimental hip-hop in the Middle East, Bashar Suleiman aka Lil Asaf, is back on the proverbial grind in a new track that sees him team-up with Jordanian rapper, Khotta BA. Marking the first collabo between the two Jordan-based artists, ‘Abattel’, changes things up a little in Suleiman’s exploration of the darkest, grimiest corners of rap as Lil Asaf, a unique sound he established with releases like Lal Bazam and Sawa Sawa, EPs both released in 2020.While Suleiman hasn’t shied away from experimentation, this time he opts to follow a slightly more traditional route with an almost dancehall-inspired beat alongside co-producer and long-time collaborator, MAAL. This being Lil Asaf, though, it’s not quite what you think, with heavily-effected key chords accompanying the unusual percussion, the combination of which can best be described as a perfect muddy base - and there's something utterly entrancing and hypnotic about it all.
Artwork: Mothanna Hussein