As rap continues to be the weapon of choice for Egypt’s young and restless, more and more voices are joining the cacophony at a rapid rate. We’re still far from reaching a saturation point, but have reached a point that demands every new player to establish their uniqueness clearly and quickly to an increasingly discerning and demanding fanbase.

For Cairo-based rapper, Hype, the potential and promise are there, as seen in his latest single ‘Afkari’. Having released an English-language debut single in December, 2020, his follow-up in May of this year, ‘Malook El Le3ba', sawa him switch to Arabic - and his budding career is all the better for it.Alongside his unique delivery - there's something about way he hits his consonants and exhales his vowels - Hype and producer, Daour, are creating a distinct esthetic, one drawn from a mix of melancholy and dramatic progressions, which in ‘Afkari’ is paired lyrically with, quite literally, Hype’s thoughts, a trail of determined and despairing statements offering small insight into the mind of a rapper that more and more people are taking note of.