Boston based third-cultured Arab independent rapper Nadine El Roubi opens 2024 on a collaborative note with Brooklyn beat maker Shepard. “Calm Down” is a spicy, yet frank freestyle reflecting on society’s social fragility, capitalized colonialism and hypocrisy.

Shepard provides booming bass, alarming echos, and snappy high-hats for Nadine to seamlessly weave in poetic idioms, witty bars and candid lyricism for a quick introduction to new listeners. It’s also a sneak peak to upcoming project Freestyles Pt. 2: A Mixtape —  a prequel to 2022 full-length mixtape Freestyles Pt. 1.

“Colonizer call for a free role? Funny. Who pick up when the phone ring? Money.”

“Calm Down” proves to be a strong addition for her 2024 slot, since the short video garnished 703,000 views and counting on TikTok. Her musical resumé includes: Esquire Magazine Middle East dubbing El Roubi “the next big thing“, features in Rolling Stone, a European tour, an artist residency in Beirut, Lebanon to name a few.

Add “Calm Down” to your playlist now and follow Nadine and Shepard on socials. Artwork by Chicago based artist Javi X. Gutierrez.

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♬ original sound – Nadine El Roubi

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