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Lynn Fattouh, aka Malikah (Queen in arabic) aka LIX, was born in Marseille, France
in 1986. Raised in Beirut under the shadow of war, Malikah first hit the Lebanese
hip hop scene at the tender age of 16, showing early signs of success, working with
EMI Arabia in 2003 after winning a hip hop competition and appearing on the
Lebanese television show - Zaven.
Since then, Malikah has established herself as the true "Queen of Arab Hip-Hop"
stunning audiences throughout the Arab world (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Syria,
Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman, Dubai) with her hard-hitting Arabic-language rhyme-style,
and becoming the first Arab female MC to reach NRJ radio network's top 20
billboard chart in the Middle East.
She has worked with the most of the notable hip-hop talent in Lebanon and
musical talent regionally including Beirut Biloma, Cheb Mami, Hasna, Aks'ser, DJ
Lethal Skillz, Rayess Bek, RGB and many others.
In 2006, Malikah hooked up with the producer, The MIGHTY THOR, based out of
the Bronx, NYC, officially joining the The House of Representatives[T.H.O.R.] crew
[includes The Mighty Thor, Boulevard, J-Ma, and Bravo] that same year.
In 2007, Malikah along with Lebanese MC, Zoog, was chosen by MTV Arabia as one
of the two best emcees in Lebanon for the their flagship program, "HipHopNa/Our Hip Hop" - as Rolling Stone Middle East put it, "Think American Idol
meets Making the Band."
Additionally, Malikah went into studio for a track with the Dogg Pound’s [Snoop
Doggy Dog, Nate Dogg] producer Fareed "Fredwreck" Nassar for a track released
on MTV Arabia's Hip-HopNa album called "Ya Imra’a" - an anthem to Arab women
in which she extolled: "“Women! Scream freedom in the name of every woman
who cried and argued in the name of humanity/We want to be educated, we want
to progress/Shine, excel and dictate our own lives!”
Malikah spent 2008 cultivating her fan-base in Europe with another Switzerlandbased Lebanese MC - La Gale - receiving rave reviews and strong audience
responses at the Avatarium Festival (St. Etienne, France), the Moloko Festival
(Geneva, Switzerland) and Le Bikini (Toulouse, France).
She was featured on Beirut Biloma's hit single "I Wanna Dance in Beirut," and her
single, "Buggin" enjoyed solid rotation on NRJ radio throughout the Arab world.
Also in 2008, Malikah became the first female emcee to host, judge (B-boys and
freestyle battles) and perform at the Red Bull Lord of the Street contests in Beirut
and Muscat, Oman. Subsequently Red Bull has called on Malikah as a staple
performer in several Red Bull events including their 2010 Break King regional final
in the U.A.E, Dubai and the 2010 Red Bull Urban Days event in Tunisia.
As a nod to her overall skills as an MC, in 2010 she also judged two other Rap
contests: the Beit El Hip Hop (House of Hip-Hop) Finale on the satellite TV channel
WANASA/MBC in Cairo, Egypt, and the Chevrolet-Urban Challenge in Abu Dhabi,
In 2009, Rotana Musika TV asked Malikah to host their flagship music show
"Shababi," and during 45 episodes, she exposed the underground music scene of the
region with artists from Lebanon, Syria, UAE, Jordan and Egypt featured.
Her media presence has also continued to grow, particularly over the last 2-years
with feature appearances in the Canadian full-length documentary Arab Rap (2011),
and the full-length doc Next Music Station (2011) produced by Al Jazeera and
directed by Spanish musician Fermin Muguruza, who directed the critically acclaimed
Checkpoint Rock: Songs from Palestine.
As well, Malikah appeared in the US-documentary by Korean-Brazilian director Iara
Lee called Cultures of Resistance (2010), and the TV-series Making Tracks (2011) a
New Zealand production about music cultures around the world that spun off into a
collaborative music track with LADI6, New Zealand's number one-selling female
Malikah continues to perform with the top Arab hip-hop talent in the world with
names like Omar Offendum (USA/Syria), The Narcycist (Canada/Iraq), Eslam Jawaad
(UK/Lebanon/Syria), and DJ Lethal Skillz (Lebanon), as well as international hip-hop
royalty, performing in 2010 (Beirut) with Statik Selekta and Eric Coleman (Mochilla).
Also in 2010, she participated in the "Low Frequency" with the Jazz at Lincoln Center
ambassadors of hip-hop The Lo Frequency family from NYC. During this one month
workshop with The Lo Frequency, Malikah alongside Lebanon's top MCs - Edd Abbas
(Fareeq al Atrash), Omar Zeineddine and Ramcess produced a group track and video
that will be released in 2011.
What is clear is that 2011 is set to be Malikah's breakout year having been selected
as the representative of the Lebanese hip hop scene to participate in “Translating
Hip Hop” - a project organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Haus Der Kulturen
Der Welt in Berlin. The project sees her traveling to Colombia, Lebanon, Kenya,
Philippines, and Germany - working with MC's from all of these countries on what
will be a showcase performance in Berlin in November and a subsequent album
release this year.
Moreover, Malikah opened for SNOOP DOGG on May 6th at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Her recording credits have only managed to gain the attention of more producers
and MC's including Kenya's (Nairobi) first lady of hip-hop Nazizi on a track called
Nimechoka (2011), and Mario Reyes on an EMI Arabia release Te Quiero Mas
Meanwhile, Malikah is busy preparing to release her own full-length debut album
in 2011 - The Coronation. She told the Rolling Stone Middle East, “FredWreck has
contributed and he’s currently producing the album," adding, “I’m really excited
because the album has some incredible collaborations and really strong messages.
I view it as my greatest artistic accomplishment. The Coronation is my coronation.”
Co-production credits go to DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), Mighty THOR, and Lebanon's
Zoog, with guest appearances by King Magnetic, Omar Offendum, The Narcycist,
La Gale, and many more TBA.
Check Malikah out online or watch her on just about every Arabic music TV
channel both regionally and on a satellite station near you.
By Gulf News
World Hip Hop Market .com
Hip Hop Diplomacy (Global Hip Hop culture and geopolitics)
The Washington Post
The Daily Star
Juice Magazine (# Hip Hop mag in Germany)
Dubai City Info
Le Zebre (Switzerland)
Air Canada (magazine + website)
Spiegel Online (Germany)
Neuromancer Blog (Hungary)
Mid East Dynasty
Carnet du Liban
BEIRUT BILOMA-BEIRUT BILOMA-2004-EMI ARABIA
ANA KULLI LAK
ELECTROJERK-BEIRUT BILOMA-2008-EMI ARABIA
I WANNA DANCE IN BEIRUT (Hit Single)
NEW WORLD DISORDER-DJ LETHAL SKILLZ-2009NASJOTA REC.
HIP HOPNA SOUNDTRACK-FRED WRECK-2009DAXXAR MUSIC
BEIT EL HIP HOP SOUNDTRACK-FRED WRECK-2010PLATINUM RECORDS
THE GIPSY MAN-MARIO REYES-2010-EMI ARABIA
YO QUIERO MAS
MALIKAH’s debut SOLO album is set to
be released in 2011.
Album Title: THE CORONATION
Producer: FRED WRECK
The album will include featurings by
elite Arab rappers and International
SNOOP DOGG speaking
about the upcoming
with MALIKAH at the
press conference held
URL Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvx8E0oXZN0
TRADITIONS by The Lo Frequency,
Malikah, Edd, Chyno and RamcessDirected by Merass Sadek-2011
NIMECHOKA by Nazizi (Kenya’s first
hip hop lady) and Malikah-Directed by
Thomas Thome Preston-2011
URL Link: will be released soon
HAYDE KHYENE by RGB ft MalikahDirected by Didier D. Darwin and
URL LINK: will be released soon
Malikah has hosted three seasons of 15 episodes each where she has exposed the
underground music scenes in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
Season III Best of part I:
Season III Best of part II :