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Now Playing: Belgian Rapper Hamza Saucegod

The other day, I was listening to my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, just like I do every week. Before I knew it, I stumbled into a track that I couldn’t get out of my head: Love Break, a collaboration between artists Hamza and Magician. The song has an upbeat R&B tempo, rhythmic bass that makes you want to dance, and the occasional steel drum to remind you of palm trees. It’s a song that’s just begging to be blasted at a trendy beach club in Dubai, and I’m here for it.

Naturally, I couldn’t stop there. Within an hour or so, I was deep down in a Spotify rabbit hole, devouring every track ever released by Hamza, also known as “Saucegod.” Expecting to find more dreamy, tropical, dancehall vibes, I was surprised that the rest of his catalogue actually sounded a lot more like pure hip hop and R&B. Nevertheless, it was all still great.

The Belgian rapper, whose family hails from Morocco, has been frequently compared to other artists like Young Thug. Make no mistake, while his work has undoubtedly been influenced by his North American counterparts, Hamza has a unique style worth its own merit.

His smooth flow and subdued melodies harmonize to create a signature sound. It’s the type of music that doesn’t take itself too seriously; the kind that you listen to when you want to escape from the real world for a little while. Sometimes, music is just background noise, but music can do a lot of things when it’s done right. Taking you out of yourself is a pretty significant one.

Keep on eye on Hamza, I’m sure he’ll continue to thrive. Check out his latest single, Netflix, here.

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