Rapping it with Al Ashab! [Tunis]


Q. Who’s Ashab?

I’m a Tunisian Multi-Cultural Artist who has been born and raised in Kuwait. I like Experimenting various forms of Art and I end up doing what I think gives me the most rush and excitement!

Q. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

Well, I started rhyming and writing a little when I was in university, the first track I ever wrote was 10 years ago, that wasn’t anything major! I properly started writing rhymes and practicing for days and hours in my car and in my room about 5 years ago.

I Started with beats and instrumentals of tracks and artists that I appreciated, there were a few main drives from the artists I was listening to , of course my friends kept pushing me to keep going and told me that (I got this and that I should never stop making music) and that’s how I kept doing it!

But I only started recording about a year ago. I didn’t mention this in my previous interviews but I always had a thing for Michael Jackson, since the age of 5 or 6 maybe, I use to watch and listen to most of his videos and use to try and copy his dance moves and his style when I was younger but with time, I was introduced to hip-hop & Rnb and that’s when I realized that there’s something about the sound of hip-hop that I can never get over and that never gets old! That’s mainly what you’ll ever hear me playing if I’m playing music.

Q. Who were the first influences on your music and style?

I answered this question before and I realized that I cannot really narrow it down to a few artists because I know I will definitely miss a few out! but I will try to mention some record labels and artists that was my first influences! Rock-A- Fella, G.O.O.D Music, shady records, Notorious BIG, Eminem, dr.dre, the game ,Kendrick Lamar, J.cole, Kanye West, and a lot more but these are the ones I can think of right now and these are the artists I’m actually listening to at the moment and they are definitely are some of my main influences!

Q. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

Kanye West! He’s just Diverse at what he does when it comes to music, From major old school controversial topics, songs and beats to catchy new school, trappy ones! I think Art and Artists change with time!  And with music its certain sounds and styles that become catchy and have some sort of a hype. If you can express how you think, feel and apply it to develop a style or a sound that creates good music and put out there to the world, then you’re on top of the food chain haha, I think Kanye does that pretty good

Q. Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

Definitely the lyrical flow and content, that’s what I get good comments about mainly, besides I still haven’t found the right producer to work with, so mainly I just jump on any catchy beat that sounds good to my ears! I’m hoping I can find the right producer and then I’m sure I can take this to another level.

Q. Do you make your own beats and write your own lyrics? If yes, what software or equipment do you prefer using? If you don’t do any of this by yourself, how do you get this done?

I do write my own Lyrics; I use my IPhone’s notepad mainly! I write about personal experiences, philosophies, fantasies, conflicts or solutions that me, friends and people in my circle have been through or think do exist or have existed! I try to keep it as real as possible!

I have not produced my own full beat yet but I just started hooking up a studio at my house so it’s around the corner, however I made a couple of beats just chilling with my producers and musician friends!  So mainly collaborating! I will definitely let you know about the first beat I make from scratch all by myself!

Q. Where do you distribute and promote your music (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Your own Website, YouTube etc…) and why do you think this channel works best for you?

Q. Any upcoming projects during 2017?

Yes. I’m working on an Ep / Mixtape fort this Summer.

Q.Any shoutout?

Yes, currently we’re shooting a track Called K-town, IT’s a Remix of the Track (New York Sh**) by Busta Rhymes & Swizz beats, it’s a track about Kuwait. Looking forward to this one, it’s going to be fun! Hopefully more visuals to support what happens behind the scenes!