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Casablanca MC Dizzy DROS Is Taking Moroccan Rap By Storm

Moroccan rap star Dizzy DROS's debut full length '3azzy 3ando Stylo' drops November 22nd.


Young Casablanca MC Dizzy DROS is posed to take Morocco's rap scene by storm with his full length debut 3azzy 3ando Stylo. Two years in the making, the album's production saw DROS join forces with Moroccan beatmakers the likes of Al Amin, Said Lakhrif, and Teekay. The 24-track album was recorded in 21 year-old self-taught sound engineer Amine Hamdoune's HMDi Prod home studio. The album's mix was also locally done and entrusted to Moroccan sound engineer Ali Faraoui. Final mastering was an overseas occasion, with DROS and crew looking to London's Wired Master Studios for a solid final touch. Led by three singles — “Cazafonia,” “Men Hna" ("From Here"), and “Omar Smity" ("My Name is Omar") — 3azzy 3ando Stylo is a well-worked debut seasoned with wide-ranging textures and vocal skills (notably on “Ghetto Boy”).

No doubt about it 3azzy 3ando Stylo is a street album through and through, a lyrical discussion of the stories of Casablanca's streets. Several ego-trips aside, the album covers the utmost weighty of topics, including narrating the untimely passing of three individuals the 24 year-old rapper had encountered throughout his life (“Sa3tk Salat" 'Your time Is Finished'). Standout cut “3alam (World)" dwells on global and national issues introduced by a segment of Malcom X's "Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?" speech (May, 1962). The album also features verses from Moroccan rap pioneer Muslim as well as M-DOC, who surprises fans by singing a chorus in English on “10 Millions.” In an especially captivating moment, rap group Shayfeen joins DROS in claiming the agency of the youth to build their own identity, a proclamation which distances younger generations from the culture of their parents. Overall DROS' official debut marks the start of a promising career— his official (self) welcoming letter to the front and center of Morocco's rap scene. 3azzy 3ando Stylo drops November 22. Until then, listen to an album sampling below.

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