Rap beefs and codes have been an essential part of hip-hop culture for decades, and the
tradition is still going to this day as a measure of rappers’ wits and skill – but what about the
producers? Egyptian beatmaker, Molotof, seems to have asked himself this question, too, and has
launched a competition for producers across the region.
In simple terms, it’s like a cypher but with beats. No words, no disses, no bars, just beats. The
first round consisted of producers sharing their work on Youtube, Instagram, Soundcloud, and
some even Spotify, then using the hashtag #arab_producers_battle on Twitter or Instagram to
enter it into the mix, before Molotof shared his favorites on his profile. The second round gets
more intense as it turns into one-on-one challenges, each one with different rules depending on
what’s agreed between the two producers involved. For his own face-off, Molotof called out
Hammorabi and they settled on each choosing four songs from which the fans will vote for their
favorite, then both producers will flip the same sample and the fans decide who made it better.
Basically, every producer can create their own rules.
The competition doesn’t have any finalists, titles, numbers, or prizes. This is simply to shed a
light on the unknown artist across the region, to extend a hand to underground beat makers to
enjoy the view that Molotof is enjoying at the top.
However, not only has Molotof created this insane competition, he has also been creating some
new music content as well as collaborating with other artists. Following the release of ‘3esabat’
at the end of March, Egyptian producer, Molotof, has recruited rappers, Zuksh and Young Zuka,
for another collaboration in, ‘Ma7raka’.
The track sees the Alexandrian deliver his signature dark, mahraganat-inspired trap sound, with
plenty of autotune to boot for that truly authentic post-shaabi style.
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