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Laish Hip-Hop is the name of Saudia Arabia's first ever Hip-Hop radio show. "Laish" is Arabic for "Why."
The show runs for an hour and is hosted by Big Hass, who began his career by hosting the blog Re-Volt Radio.
Laish Hip-Hop started in June 2011 on Mix FM and has thousands of weekly listeners.
Arab News spoke to Hass about the show:
“The show is an attempt to change the wrong perspectives about hip-hop. We talk about why people listen to hip-hop and in the show I play music by Arab hip-hop artists and as well talk about what the essence of hip-hop is and the roots of it,” he added.
Laish Hip-Hop plays music by all the Saudi hip-hop artists who are looking for a chance to show people their talent, according to Hass. “I am hosting underground hip-hop artists in and out of the Kingdom, people who were never on any radio station but are talented. Some can do hip-hop and R&B,” he said. “On the other hand, I am also interviewing known artists such as Russell Simmons who is like the godfather of hip-hop and the guy who founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam and it’s a huge thing for us,” he added.
To read the full Arab News article go here.