Snake Oil Blues By Ali Sleeq

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When I first listened to this track I closed my eyes and I could hear the soul of the American Delta. The way he plays the guitar and the burn in his voice makes you feel like he is in the desert singing away to the sunset. He wrote these lyrics himself in the traditional school of blues and its is just so well done. The lyrics says “If i don’t get my snake oil, I’m gonna be buried in the ground”. More than anything watch him rock out his guitar skills in the middle of the song!

A little on Ali Sleeq is that he has been active in the Kuwait music scene since 2005 mostly being a bass player for different bands although he also has solo projects. Some of you might have already have known him before this post because he was the creator of Blend Festival and he was one of the members of Lounging Criminals.

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For more more of his music check out his YouTube channel [Here]

How to listen to this?
On your way to your favorite coffee shop because in reality good coffee is your snake oil.

How not to listen to this?
While driving back from the Chalet on a close to empty tank of gas. This song will make you feel like your luck is running out.

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Empty Hands – The Bee’s Knees

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The Bee’s Knees are a Kuwaiti rock band and and Empty Hands is their latest music video directed by Miniature Malekpour. [YouTube]

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Took So Many Losses ( Gotta Win) By Emcee Element & Deadly Forte

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My cousin sent me this music video and said “you got to hear this guy!!”

I wasn’t too happy because my cousin is usually heavy into Glam Pop and Cheesy Electronica, so I was hesitant. She said “Yalla listen to it!! He is Kuwaiti and he’s an amazing rapper”. So she got my attention and I opened it.

His name is Haider Bul Hassan and he is Emcee Element. As I started to listen I really enjoyed the work. I thanked her for it and said “send me more links like this!!!!”

The song, Took So Many Losses (Gotta Win), is about two guys that have struggled a lot and that want to turn their bad luck into good fortune. Both of the guys are really good at rapping but they are stylistically different. Deadly Forte (first rapper on the track) is a bit angrier than Emcee Element. Element’s strength is that he has a graceful approach, which in this track, the both rappers compliment each other. The pace of the song is relaxed and it has a reflecting vibe that is really fitting to their music video. Even though this is a serious song, there is a lyric that he says which made me laugh,”turn you into Minute made, marmalade”. Which I don’t know what that means, I guess I am out of tune with rap slang 🙁 see if you can find it at around the 2 minute 30 sec spot.

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This video is done well too, its shot with a story plot of going from arrest to jail and then being free. It is really worth watching. The scenery is smart too, he works a lot in California and that’s why his background places don’t look like Kuwait. His production team and music team is superb and I really support them from now on. All things set aside good music but be careful playing this video at work there are some explicit lyrics. (NSFW)

How to listen to this?
If your an entrepreneur thinking of which hot product to distribute in Kuwait while writing the business proposal with 6 Mandoobs.

How not to listen to this?
Driving your kids to one of the private english schools. You don’t want them to repeat these bad words in class and saying you taught them. no no no!

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Fatima Al Qadiri – Star Spangled

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Fatima Al Qadiri’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. It was released a few months ago as part of the 2014 Adult Swim Singles. Not my cup of tea.


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BigMo – Ay Shay

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BigMo – Ay Shay (Official Video) (Warning: this is satire) from GREEN LUCK MEDiA GROUP on Vimeo.

BigMo released a new music video titled Ay Shay. It’s satire and this is the letter he had attached to it:

First and foremost, this is a piece of art that expresses my opinion and the intent of the single “Ay Shay,” off of my EP “Fight For Peace,” produced by Samarei.

It has come to my attention that this satirical piece has left a few of its viewers feeling unsettled. It is important to understand that I do not insight violence in any form; through my music, or in my personal life. The purpose of “Ay Shay” is to bring attention to how wack the media, music industry, and extremism is; by using the Kuwaiti slang term that translates to whatever, wack, or anything, and can be read on the banner in Arabic.

The purpose of my art is to highlight the societal similarities between the two cultures I represent, from the perspective of an individual who has lived with and relates to both sides.

The accusations we projectile towards one-another with little knowledge is a trait I have discovered in both, the American and Middle Eastern societies.

Our obsession with materialism, abuse of media and power are too, similarities both sides share.

Our inability to accept criticism as a people, and lack of self-criticism has left many of us in a state of denial about our own flaws and shortcomings; for the sake of not succumbing to agreeing with those we consider enemies.

This is a problem we face as a people, independant of the cultures that separate us. This is not accusatory. I’m not placing blame on any group. This is something we all must individually work on for a better future together.

[Disclaimer: this video was shot in the U.S., I would not have access to these firearms in the Middle East.]

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Galaxy Juice – How wide is the sun?

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Galaxy Juice is a new local band whom just released a trippy music video for their single “How wide is the sun?”. The single is from their upcoming album “Crystal Dunes” which will be released on September 21st.

For more information on the band follow them on instagram @galaxyjuiceband

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Daffy – Samboosa

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Samboosa is the latest music video by local rapper Daffy. What I found interesting in this video are all the cameos by the different local personalities including:

Coco
DJ Outlaw
Flipperachi
Amer AlAzmi
Ahmed AlShimiri
Mohamad Aqua
Bashar AlJazzaf
Amani AlBlushi
Shooji
Sons Of Yousif
Army Of One
Khaled al Farhan
Mimi
Rayan Stetieh

The video has only been out for a week now but it already has 80,000 views. Check it out [Here]

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Album Review: Big Mo – Fight For Peace

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Mohammed AlKahdher is a Kuwaiti American rapper that recently released his album called “Fight for Peace”. His artist name is Big Mo (The Nomadic) because he grew up in Kaifan and travels to rap in the USA and UAE.

The first song on the album is called “Fight for Peace” and it is the promotional single of the album. The song has a mix of blues and strong lyrics which makes it a good start and gets your ears interested. As you keep on listening to the tracks the album starts taking you on a nice dark voyage reminding me of some Kanye West’s work. Songs Like “Pray for” and “Granted” really bring out some of that darkness. Oh and there is a really cool piano segment in the song called “Granted”. He also has a song that is called “Ay Shay” in which he calls people out, over a thick beat and oud playing. My favorite song is called “School Sucks” maybe because we are in the summer haha I don’t know.

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Lyrically Big mo is really good, his rhymes fall into place every time. His titles and lyrics show great use in paradox and perspectives. His work has this type of fire that is rare to see done with grace and he does it so well.

How to listen to this?
At your midnight Ramadan workout.

How to not listen to this?
While being in a taf-teesh road block on the six ring road as they ask for your drivers license and civil ID.

Check out the album on Big Mo’s website [Here]

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Doss – Falling to Pieces

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Doss and I stopped by the Kuwait National Museum and were only given 15 minutes to film. We had to move quick and I think we got some pretty interesting stuff that not only highlighted his dancing but the beauty of the Museum’s architecture. – TJC Films

Music: Dirty Drummer – Splttrpttrn A Psychedelic Sound Collage


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Y U Mad by ArabMob

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Y U Mad is the latest song released by ArabMob and when I first heard the track it reminded me of A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz & Future.

The piano keys in this song are truly stellar while the beats remind me of a mellow Aliyah beat without the Timbaland details. Abdullah (ArabMob) shows a lot of style in this clip and has good word placements but the lyrics I feel are falling short for me. He starts off telling me about a girl who used to be into him but now looks at him like a stranger. Is she leaving him but she shouldn’t? Is she not worth it so he moved on? I am getting fragments of a story, I understand she is hot but what else has happened? What is happening? I want to know about this person with a perfect shesma haha, tell me more. Maybe I am being hard because recently rap and south side rap have a lot of fragmented lyrics. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz really just flow and groove more than rap. Maybe Abdullah wants to show flow more than anything and if that is the case then he is making it work. The lyrics are on the YouTube page if you want to read them.


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I heard some of Abdullah’s other tracks without auto-tune and they sound good too. Those tracks reminded me of Mobb Deep a little because they have a more east coast sound. If Abdullah can make a song with his real voice plus hints auto-tune and drop a hot story, he would be a record deals golden boy. Knock knock Outlaw Records.

How to listen to this:
At shisha night with your friends to start conversations on lost loves

How not to listen to this:
When a family member is getting angry at you since they would use the word shesma in a negative way.

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