As one of the most talented lyricists to come out of the Middle East, Norway-based Palestinian-Syrian rapper, Sallam Naser, has often found a kindred spirit in the style of Palestinian-Syrian producer, Wardenclyph. Based just over the border in Sweden, the producer has come through with a unique drill beat for the pair’s latest collaboration, ‘Belaad Bara’.
track uses a familiar skittish, 808-type beat, but a deep, unpredictable, listen-carefully-or-you’ll-miss-it
bassline and a reversed sample played throughout create a pseudo-psychedelic
broken ambience – a fitting backdrop for Naser’s reflections on living in diaspora.
Naser, a native of Haifa, grew up in Syria’s Yarmok Camp’s, home to one of the largest Palestinian refugee communities. He travelled to Norway under asylum and made a home in Drammen. Since then, he has made a name for himself in the Scandinavian nation’s rap battle scene, while also falling on the radar of BBC Music.