(2014 end-of-year lists) – FAREEQ EL ATRASH

I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release


John Imad Nasr

In no particular order:

– El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2
– Black Milk: If There’s A Hell Below
– Seun Kuti: Long Way To The Beginning
– Original soundtrack: Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol.1
– Royce The 5’9” & DJ Premier: PRhyme
– Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata
– Satti : Food Idea EP
– The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
– El Rass & Munma: Adam, Darwin & The Penguin
– Wu Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

Edd Abbas

10. Common: Nobody’s Smiling
Not your typical Common album, he uses a very serious attitude and a much darker approach than usual; the album is produced by NO I.D, who had previously worked on lots of singles but never on an entire album

9. The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
This is the follow-up to the concept album released last year, entitled “Undun”; not a bad sequel at all, it leaves you wanting more because of its short length, worth listening to

8. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!
Fly Lo is always experimenting and trying to take it to another level; if you’re into TripHop, Experimental Hiphop and ambiant/electro music and all about new sounds, that’s your album

7. I Am Legion: I Am Legion
If you’re into Grime, heavy basslines and fast rhyming, this is one of those albums you should check out

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist: FASH-ionably Late
This is for Hip-Hop Heads; sick rhyming on top of beats by the one and only Alchemist, this is a must!

5. Jhene Aiko: Souled Out
A very soulful voice coming out of the new school, very smooth and chilled album; strictly for late nights!

4. Dilated Peoples: Directors Of Photography
Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu got back together after almost 7 years to hit us with a Bomb; whether you’re a fan or not, you gotta check this out

3. Mobb Deep: The Infamous Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep took us back to the 90’s with this album; if you grew up in the Golden era, this one is for you!

2. Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence): Lord Steppington
This was album of the year for me as soon as it came out, until J-Cole’s album dropped; the long awaited collaboration between Hip-hop giants Evidence & Alchemist dropped early this year, and it was the only thing I was listening to for 3 months; this album is a must!

1. J-Cole: Forest Hills Drive
Best album you can get this year, from production to lyrical content; this album is J-Cole’s best work till now, hands down



FAREEQ EL ATRASH // Ruptured Session // 2 Nov 2009

Fareeq El Atrash (whose name is a pun on famed Arabic singer Fareed el Atrache) is a Lebanese hip hop band consisting of rappers Edouard Abbas and Nasser Shorbaji, with John Imad Nasr on bass, Ghassan Khayyat aka Goo on guitar and keyboards, and Fayez Zouheiry aka FZ holding it down on beatbox duties. In addition to playing three wonderfully laid-back tracks live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, they offered a selection of their favorite tunes, and presented their upcoming concert at Beirut’s The Basement.

Fareeq 1 + Fareeq 2

Track listing:
Fareeq El Atrash
Fareeq El Atrash LIVE
Fareeq El Atrash LIVE
Fareeq El Atrash LIVE

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

Back in October 2005, the Lebanese funky jam collective Fareeq el Atrash made their live debut at The Basement, and is now primed to return to Beirut’s famed underground venue this coming Saturday, the 7th of November.

Fareeq el Atrash (whose name is a pun on famed Arabic singer Fareed el Atrache) is now a live hip hop band consisting of rappers Edouard Abbas and Nasser Shorbaji, with John Imad Nasr on bass, Goo on guitar and keyboards, and FZ holding it down on beatbox duties.

The crew’s DJ, Stickfiggr, will be mixing hip hop, soul and funk prior to the show.  Expect special musical guests to join the band in their most definitive live performance yet!