Drake raps in Arabic in new song ‘Only You Freestyle’

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Updated 23 July 2020

Drake raps in Arabic in new song ‘Only You Freestyle’

DUBAI: It seems that Canadian rapper Drake has added Arabic to his ever-growing linguistic repertoire.

After joining forces with DJ Khaled this week on a pair of new songs, one in which he raps in French, the “Hotline Bling” hitmaker has just released a new song with British rapper Headie One. The drill song, titled “Only You Freestyle,” dropped on Monday alongside an accompanying visual. 




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In the new track, Drake raps a couple of his lines in Arabic, that allude to his Middle Eastern features. 

“Arabic ting tells me I look like Youssef, look like Hamza/ Habibti please, ana akeed, inti wa ana ahla”  he raps in the new song.

The Grammy award-winning artist has previously recognized his Arab features in a 2015 Instagram post from his visit to Dubai, where he admitted to looking like Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum, jokingly stating that he was his “long lost brother.”



Finally found my long lost brother @mansoorbinmohammed #M8

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Meanwhile, “ana akeed, inti wa ana ahla” translates to “I’m certain you and I look better together.”

Arab social media users picked up on his use of the Arabic language and some took to Twitter to celebrate while others teased his pronunciation.

“I just know that DJ Khaled was the one that taught Drake Arabic,” wrote one user alongside a crying emoji.

“Drake adding Arabic to his accent collection,” joked another user alongside a GIF of Thanos acquiring his final Infinity Stone.

“Everybody is bashing Drake for not speaking proper Arabic... (to be honest) he did better than some arabs I (know),” another user wrote defending the star.

Meanwhile, some got down to celebrating Drake’s use of the words.

American-Iraqi YouTube star FaZeRug wrote: “Drake speaking Arabic in his latest freestyle tho.” 

Another user shared a video of Arab men dancing and joked: “Me listening to Drake’s Arabic verse…”

Another Twitter user wanted to know, “Which one of y’all keep teaching drake Arabic???”

Indeed, it’s not the first time that the hitmaker has used Arabic phrases in his music. 

Fans will remember when the 33-year-old rapped “This is a blessing mashallah wallahi,” in the remix of “Sweeterman,” a song originally produced by Canadian-Egyptian Ramriddlz.

Drake previously used Arabic terms on his 2017 song “Portland” where he says “Habibi” and on the 2018 song “Diplomatic Immunity” where he says “InshAllah.”

Arabs in Paris showroom to highlight Mideast talent at fashion week

Updated 27 September 2020

Arabs in Paris showroom to highlight Mideast talent at fashion week

DUBAI: Paris Fashion Week is set to look a lot different this season. Kicking off on Sept. 28, only a handful of designers are staging physical shows while the rest are opting for digital presentations. Meanwhile, some designers, including Arab couturier Zuhair Murad, are opting out of showing collections this season entirely.

To ensure that Arab design talent gets the recognition they deserve this Fashion Week, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has teamed up with the Arab Fashion Council to host an exclusive showroom and presentation on the official Paris Fashion Week calendar that shines a light on Middle Eastern designers.


Today the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) has announced a new exciting project which aims to connect the Arab talents with the French fashion industry. The new initiative, titled “Arabs in Paris”, is a collaboration between the Arab Fashion Council (AFC) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) @fhcm aiming to enable the Arab designers to showcase their creativity officially in Paris Fashion Week’s calendar for spring/summer 2021. @parisfashionweek #ArabsInParis Aujourd'hui, l'Arab Fashion Council (AFC) a annoncé un nouveau projet passionnant qui vise à connecter les talents arabes à l'industrie française de la mode. La nouvelle initiative, intitulée “Arabs in Paris”, est une collaboration entre le Conseil arabe de la mode (AFC) et la Fédération de la haute couture et de la mode (FHCM) visant à permettre aux créateurs arabes de montrer officiellement leur créativité dans le calendrier de la mode de Paris pour la semaine. printemps / été 2021.

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The goal of the initiative, titled “Arabs in Paris,” is to not only spotlight the fashion talent from the region on a global scale, but to also connect designers with international media and buyers.

Participating designers include Lebanese design duo Azzi & Osta, Beirut-based footwear brand Pose Design, Esmod graduate Aboud Jammal, Lebanese womenswear label Ecaille, New York- based handmade jewelry brand Saad Collection, Jordanian ready-to-wear label Mada’En and Emergency Room Beirut, a clothing store based in Lebanon’s capital.


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“The project is in line with the Arab Fashion Council’s vision to build an Arab economy based on creativity and to promote the Arab talents on a global scale,” said Mohammed Aqra, chief strategy officer of The Arab Fashion Council in a statement. “This is the first strategic alliance project with our French counterparts.”

The showroom, which will open its doors from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, 2020, will highlight the designer’s Spring 2021 collections and will be situated in Paris’s Rue Saint-Honore, adjacent to luxury shops like Dior, Fendi, Celine and more.

“Arabs in Paris” follows in the footsteps of other initiatives launched recently aimed to provide a global platform for regional talents.

In August, a virtual pop-up supporting 16 established and emerging designers from the Middle East and North Africa titled “Eastwave” launched online and featured a curated selection of brands spanning from ready-to-wear, accessories and jewelry, such as Egyptian accessories label Alliel, Dubai-based womenswear label Mrs Keepa and Lebanese womenswear brand Jessica K.