Hassan Ahmad a.k.a “Big Hass” is a music blogger and the host of Saudi Arabia’s first and only FM Hip Hop radio show.

حسان احمد، المعروف "بيج هاس"، مذيع ومدون موسيقي مسؤول عن اول برنامج هيب هوب في المملكة العربيّة


In this Sarde, we discuss

- Hip hop culture in the Middle East: English, Arabic & everything in between

- How the new local and regional artists are changing the music scene and challenging traditions

- Finding the balance between your individual identity and being an Arab

- Big Hass’s son, Ahmad and the journey of learning and accepting autism in the family


في هذه السردة نتحدّث عن

- ثقافة الهيب هوب في الشرق الأوسط : الانكليزية والعربية وما بينهما

- كيف يقوم الفنّانون المحليّون بتغيير الساحة الفنّية وتحدّي العادات والتقاليد

- محاولة إيجاد التوازن بين الهوية الفردية والهوية العربية

- أحمد إبن بيج هاس ورحلة التعلّم وقبول التوحّد في العائلة


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Sarde (noun), [Sa-r-de]: A colloquial term used in the Middle East to describe the act of letting go & kicking off a stream of consciousness and a rambling narrative.


The Sarde After Dinner Podcast is a free space based out of the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, where Médéa Azouri & Mouin Jaber discuss a wide range of topics (usually) held behind closed doors in an open and simple way with guests from all walks of life.



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تابعوا سردة عبر يوتيوب، أنغامي، سبوتيفاي، ابل بودكاست وجوجل بودكاست


Links mentioned:

Hip-Hop & Shakespeare? Akala at TEDxAldeburgh



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Executive Producer Jad Banjarian

Edited by Dana Abdessamad

Translated by Elodie Finestres

Subtitling by Image Production House


[00:00} – Intro to Big Hass

[04:00] – How Hip-Hop Merged with the culture of the Arab world

[07:40] – Definition of Hip-Hop vs Rap

[09:31] – What’s does “being Arab” mean?

[12:00] – Limitations & negative perceptions of Arabic rap

[17:02] – Young Egyptian Mahraganat vs Old School Hani Shaker

[20:29] – Does being “An Arab” take away from your national cultural identity?

[26:43] – How Underground artists fight mainstream media

[33:12] – Should varied artists perform in their dialects vs White Dialect

[42:55] – Big Hass’s son, Ahmad and the journey of learning and accepting autism

[51:09] – Fighting against spoon-fed entertainment & power of radio

[58:23] – Dealing with criticisms in the field

[01:05:18] – Female Rapper struggles in the world of Arabic hip-hop

[01:11:12] – Hardships of non-Arabic rap the Arab world

[01:15:28] – Thinking Like Big Hass’s son Ahmad, Outside the box

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