Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 25 August 2019

Five hip-hop stars coming to the UAE soon

From the old school sounds of Nelly to the modern trap style of 2 Chainz, UAE continues to bring hip-hop heavyweights to the region

Rapper Tyga celebrated Dubai in a new song, 'Dubai Drip'. Courtesy Crystal Dubai
Rapper Tyga celebrated Dubai in a new song, 'Dubai Drip'. Courtesy Crystal Dubai

With UAE clubs about to go on hiatus for Ramadan next month, they are capping off the season with some of hip-hop’s biggest names and crowd favourites.


Always a good bet for great evening. The veteran singer and rapper, responsible for hits Hot in Herre and Ride Wit Me is a solid performer and will play two shows in Dubai. On April 25 Nelly will be at White Dubai (doors open at 11pm), while the following night he will be at the other outdoor super-club across the road, Drai’s DXB (doors open at 10pm). For details go to www.draisdxb.com and www.whitedubai.com


The rapper, who will perform at Base Dubai on April 26, continues his successful return to the limelight. His quiet run ended with the success of last year’s single Dip, featuring hip-hop royalty Nicki Minaj. But more than enduring hits Rack City and Taste, one song that UAE fans want to hear is Dubai Drip. Released last year the song uses the emirate as metaphor for living your best life. For details go to www.baseduabi.com

DJ Jazzy Jeff

The supreme spinner, and former Will Smith side-kick on both television and records, is much loved in the UAE for his expansive sets that please both ardent hip-hop heads and the normal party goer. His return to Barasti on April 26 will be another demonstration of his skills which has him heralded as one of hip-hop’s most revered DJs and producers. For details go to www.barastibeach.com

Busta Rhymes

Base Dubai just can’t get enough out of the New York rapper. Fresh from his performance on April 12, they have invited Busta Rhymes to return to perform on May 1. Then again, who could blame them, as Busta Rhymes remains an explosive act three decades into his career. With hits including Break Ya Neck, Woo Hah! Got You All in Check, and What’s It Gonna Be?, the OG will once again ensure fans have a boisterous night out. For details go to www.baseduabi.com

2 Chainz

It is not only the fans looking forward to 2 Chainz’s return on May 3 at Base Dubai, but the emirate's fashion stores will be rubbing their hands with glee. In a 2017 trip to Dubai, the rapper - known for tracks No Lie and Watch Out - reportedly went on a $200,000 (Dh734,650) shopping spree at Dubai Mall which included stops at Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. For details go to www.baseduabi.com


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Updated: April 23, 2019 10:24 AM