Anger management with Arab hip hop star Malikah
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.