Nasser Shorbaji — better known as Chyno — broaches topics as heavy as war, exile and identity in his music, OZY reports. From his base in Beirut, the half-Syrian, half-Filipino rapper has released three albums while bouncing around the region performing. Although he raps in English, the 34-year-old is also the mastermind behind the Middle East’s first Arabic-language battle rap competition, called Arena.
What’s next for Chyno? He’s mentoring young Arabic-language rappers and hopes to nurture Syria’s rap scene once the war ends.
Read this OZY story about Mongolian hip-hop.