What do you know about Dubai? You probably know about its amazing landscape, built with imagination and vision. You might have seen the technical wonders of its tall buildings, its eye-catching bridges and the appeal of its islands and resorts. And perhaps an image of great wealth comes to mind, of wonderful adventures in luxury cars and hotels, of a booming economy, of oil and private parties lavished with richness.
But do you know there is hip hop in Dubai? Powerful and original hip hop, strongly rooted in the international music scene? Do you know there is an artist in Dubai, who was once a pioneer of street rap based in The Netherlands, who is connected to hip hop legends in the US, and is building a new network for himself right now in the Emirates?
Meet Two Tone. The name is based on the fact that he raps with both a low and a high voice; whatever he feels suits a beat best. Two Tone is a truly international hip hop phenomenon. His parental roots are Moroccan. He was born in The Netherlands. He has worked with some of the greats from The States. And is now more than ready to take on the world.
As an MC, Two Tone made a name for himself alongside other international street rap pioneers, like Ice-T and Krayzie Bone from the world famous Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. He worked with producer and video director QF from Surinam and several Dutch hip hop artists and in the past five years Two Tone focused on building his own music label Selfmade Entertainment DXB in his new home base in the city of Dubai. The successful family and businessman now dedicates all his time on his upcoming musical projects.
First up is an album by the group Custom Made Music, spearheaded by Two Tone himself. Adding to his own versatility, Two Tone handpicked what he feels are the best rapper and producer on the come up right now: Young Suspect with his amazing flow and voice, and magical producer and singer 808 aka Raobeatz. For their first single and video, Hating On Me, Two Tone asked his old friend Krayzie Bone to join. Two Tone also likes to use typical Arab sounds and influences in his music, touching his own roots.
Two Tone had many run ups with the law when he was young and his experiences from the streets are still a big part of his musical legacy.
At the same time a more seasoned Two Tone managed with the help of his wife to reinvent himself as a family and business man and to stay out of trouble and become successful in the corporate world. Two Tone also showcases this side of his amazing story, including his fascination and admiration for his new hometown of glitter and glamour in Dubai. See his videos studded with cars and beautiful buildings as a representation of this.
Yes, there is hip hop in Dubai!! his latest offering is a jaunt called “Mind On Me” and its for the ladies.