Interview with Ahmed [email protected](ahm3dmega)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Well that takes me back to high school days where we started to learn about English literature and poetry. I was quite interested and loved it actually so I started writing short poems and if I look at the first one I wrote which I still have, I crack up from laughter from how silly and funny it was. At that time I would read them out to my friends and we would all have a laugh. Two years later it was time for our Graduation and I decided to write a poem/song for it and the feedback and Excitement I got from my friends was amazing. I kept on writing after I joined university and started performing in events there as well and I just fell in love with spreading my thoughts through lyrics over a good beat
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
That would be my first time ever performing, it was in my first year of uni. I was performing in front of about 300 of my colleagues, I had beat made and wrote my lyrics but it was also the first time to ever flow to a beat. Obviously I was really nervous, and I went on stage and started to rap, but halfway I missed the beat drop where I was supposed to say the chorus and that high key freaked me out and all of a sudden I couldn’t remember the lyrics and I just froze. Luckily I had one of my close friends from high school back stage, I looked at him and he was smiling holding the laughter and without noticing I was like F*** I forgot the words on the mic in front of my colleagues and teachers. And all is a sudden I hear all the crowd laughing and they started slowly clapping to hype me up and at that moment I laughed and unfroze and just continued singing. After that I was a bit frustrated but I decided I wasn’t gonna quit and that I should break it down into small goals to up my game for each coming years, performance. The year after I performed a cappella without a beat. The year after I performed with a beatboxer and in my final year I performed a song with a beat and later on went and recorded that same song and released it on all music platforms
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
I don’t think am at a level to give tips yet haha, but if I had to I would say to embrace failure and learn from it as it is the best teacher. As I say in one of my songs “learn from losses, count your winnings”. Stay humble and and count your blessings.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I am grateful to everyone who has encouraged me a long the way from friends and family. If I had to pick a few that am mostly grateful for what the have done, I would start with My childhood best friend Mahmoud Sherif or as I like to call him “Shrizzy” he has been reading what I write from day one. From each poem to each verse to each song and would give me some tips too. Secondly, I would like to extend my gratitude to my ma man and producer 77, who has blessed me with all them lit beats to my songs. He encouraged me to go down the recording road and helped and taught me how to record and turn my words from a poem to a song. And last but definitely not least, my biggest fan my 9 year old lil sister Hana whom I call “nana banana” seeing her jam and memories my songs and get excited about the slightest in my career brings me so much joy and motivation.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I don’t believe I am at level to do that properly, but I hope that people can relate to my songs about the experiences I write about from my life and the lessons I have learnt, and that it would be helpful to them or just to lighten their mood.
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa
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Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
About my background, I am an Egyptian artist raised and living in Abu Dhabi, UAE which I consider my second home. And even though I rap and flow in English I am quite proud of my Arabic heritage and my Pharaoh Lineage Also, I graduated from Nottingham university in Malaysia where I kickstarted my Rap career. And now Back in UAE working at PwC. You could say am a auditor by day, a rapper by night!