Before we begin, it’s important that we make one thing clear: BESH is no newbie. While still unknown to the layman, the rapper has been doing his thing, releasing tracks and albums, while also partnering up with everyone from cutting-edge Cairo-based production house, DROOGS, to equally cutting-edge producers, such as Rageh.
For his most recent releases, the artist has been teaming up with producer, El Doktor – who you will know either from his signature 17th century medical mask (see picture below), or as the man behind recent Felukah single, ‘22+1’. But forget what you think you might have gleaned of El Doktor through the NYC-based rapper’s track, and even what you might have heard from BESH before – because the duo’s two July releases from upcoming EP, 7amra, are something else completely.
Both released this July, the upcoming EP’s title track, ‘7amra’, and its follow up, ‘Ghaybooba’, are really something – borderline confusing at first. You can hear the kind electronic elements that drive mahraganat music, for example, but it’s all broken down and reassembled into dark, atmospheric, shaabi-tinted rap ballads, the beats thudding to a melancholic march.
It’s unclear when the EP will be released, but the two tracks speak well of what might come of this unique partnership. Stay tuned.