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Rap in Morocco

Moroccan artists breathe fresh air into the hip-hop scene, tapping into the country's cultural depths and fires of emancipation.

Full of fizzing excitement, the Moroccan musical scene is managing to spread its wings far beyond its borders, thanks to trap. By appropriating the codes of hip-hop, and adding a sprinkling of their own cultural heritage – some artists more than others – this new generation is catching the spotlight. And all this despite the rap industry being almost nonexistent in Morocco.

Given that making rap music in Morocco is a huge challenge, and the idea of being able to make a living out of it has for a long time seemed impossible, many rappers have also mastered production. The DIY sound isn’t so much of a choice as just the way things have to be. Take the group Shayfeen (Shobee and Small X), founder of the collective and label Wa Drari Squad. He brought with him a whole swathe of artists brimming with talent and creativity, including Tagne, the genius sound engineer Xcep, and Shobee’s brother Madd. From Tangiers to Marrakech, via Casablanca and Safi, the artists can get to know one another, can learn from one another, and evolve together by offering new and exciting flows, as well as stunning toplines (that French recording companies often lust after). They bring a considerable breath of fresh air to hip-hop, especially given the uniformity of many scenes, particularly in France. 

Much like Darija (Moroccan Arabic) which is a mix of Arabic, French, English, and even some Spanish and Portugese thrown in, Moroccan music is also a great crossroads of influences. From the cloud rap of 7Toun, to the Latin sounds of “Maradiche” by Furelise, via 7ARI and his song “Choukran” with its rhythmic baile funk, this playlist gives you an overview of the best of the Moroccan scene’s revival. As genres have become mixed, each artist has their own unique sound to offer. The rapper Issam masters autotune like no one else and offers lyrical flights of fancy on productions which have an oriental flavour; in an explosive collaboration the godfather of Moroccan rap, Don Bigg, meets the overflowing energy that is this new generation’s superstar, El Grande Toto; rapper-producer Draganov stands out by flirting with RnB and soul in his music; Malca’s work is sensual, standing at the crossroads of funk, pop, and soul…

If there are only three women on this playlist it is because, like Snowflake, most aren’t on any streaming platform other than YouTube. Fortunately, they seem to be gradually asserting themselves more in the wake of Manal's colossal success, followed by Khtek who will “KickOff” at full force, and the “Superwoman” Ily. Somewhere between rap and pop, Manal has had over one hundred million views on YouTube and is contributing to the emancipation of women through her music. The new generation of stars, like El Grande Toto, are also supporting these artists.

Although the artistic revival that Morocco is experiencing is synonymous with a change of mentality, it is still having more success beyond its borders than within them, be that economic, social, or cultural.

Bringing together eleven Moroccan artists (including Shayfeen, Issam, Madd, Tagne, and Malca) and about twenty westerners (including Amir Obè, Jazz Cartier, Dosseh, and Lomepal) the album Safar (journey) which came out in 2019 stands as a witness to the ability of Moroccan artists to reach other audiences. Take Issam who, in addition to being on the cover of GQ Middle East, has signed (with Universal) the biggest recording deal of any Arabic artist ever. And he hasn’t even released an album yet...

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