MU­SIC

Anger man­age­ment with Arab hip hop star Ma­likah

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It’s early evening in Dubai and Ma­likah is apol­o­gis­ing. For be­ing a tough woman to pin down, for be­ing busy but, most amus­ingly, for hav­ing the best New Year’s Eve ever in Beirut.

“Yeah, I’ve been busy,” she says with a laugh. “I quit my job, I went to Europe and Canada, I wrote and recorded my al­bum, and now I’m in the process of mix­ing and mas­ter­ing, but it’s tak­ing longer than ex­pected be­cause I’m be­ing lazy and busy back at work again. But now I’ve set a dead­line, be­cause if I didn’t I was go­ing to sleep on it for­ever.”

Re­mark­ably, this is her rst al­bum. Writ­ten in France and recorded in Mon­treal, the al­bum’s ex­pected re­lease date is some­where around the end of Fe­bru­ary or the be­gin­ning of March, although its ti­tle is still un­de­cided. Most of the tracks have been pro­duced by LA-based Fred­wreck, with the project it­self funded by Red Bull, for whom Ma­likah is an am­bas­sador and opin­ion leader. Con­sid­er­ing she’s been de­liv­er­ing ery and opin­ion­ated lyrics since she rst hit the scene at the age of 16, it’s hard to be­lieve no pre­vi­ous al­bum has been re­leased. But the wait is al­most over.

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