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Making music to feel at home: Chyno's magnum opusSitting in his bedroom studio in Gemmayzeh, rapper Nasser Shorbaji's ginger cat Latifah slips between his legs and claws at a keyboard case in the corner of his room. As part of the hip-hop band Fareeq al-Atrash, he's been recording and touring for seven years. Releasing this album was not a completely new experience but a personal exploration of his Syrian-Filipino heritage that he felt had to come out now. Though the subject matter can be quite heavy, and the album sound quite dark, Chyno maintains a light-hearted tone throughout the album, using funny references or switching his cadence.Chyno said he produced the album so that the music gradually becomes more welcoming and melodic as the listener progresses through it, reflecting how one adjusts to new surroundings.Despite the difficulties of being an independent rapper in Lebanon, Chyno (who previously lived in Spain and recorded parts of the album there) said that he feels at home making music in Beirut.
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