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Top Five:Tarek

Words by Edgar Daily

Saudi Arabian rapper Tarek names the artists that inspired him to pursue a career in music, from Tupac to Wu-Tang Clan.

“Each of the following artists are special to me for many reasons, but the most important of all is because they have a strong message,” explains Tarek. “As I always say, ‘If you don’t have anything to say, don’t rap’. These artists have made some classic tracks, or albums, and classic never dies. I’m still listening to these artists to this day, and each time I’m amazed by the production, the flow and the lyrics. I hope you are too.”

Tarek is part of Reebok’s Always Classic drive, fronted by Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty. “This campaign celebrates people who defy the status quo and is reflective of those who express what it means to be classic across the globe in their own terms,” adds Tarek.

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Tupac

It’s not very original to mention Tupac but let’s be honest, he is one of the greatest artists in the music industry. He is an icon, not because he died at a young age but because of the political and social message engagement on most of his tracks. I still listen to his album All Eyez on Me, and enjoy it as much as I did when I heard it the first time.

 

LINK: Spotify

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Method Man & Redman

East Coast rappers Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan and Redman of Def Squad brought something fresh into the rap game. Their style, their attitude, charisma, but also humour on tracks like How High inspired and influenced me a lot.

 

LINK: Spotify

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Mobb Deep

I’m including Mobb Deep because of their classic track, Shook Ones (Part II). I am from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, but their track gives me the full picture of the streets of Queens in NYC. The dark and hardcore atmosphere of their videos, lyrics and music was insane.

 

LINK: Spotify

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Westside Connection

Westside Connection contains three of greatest rappers ever: Ice Cube, WC and Mack 10. They were representing the street knowledge of the poor class in California. I got hooked on them and this is reflected in my music. 

 

LINK: Spotify

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Wu-Tang Clan

They are the best and most iconic hip-hop crew. It felt like it was a group of friends describing their reality without a lie. It was real and authentic, and their beats were crazy.

 

LINK: Spotify

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