Hip-hop and rap gives artists a platform for self-expression through rhythms, beats and poetry. One UNC student has taken on the world of rap by dropping a unique and fresh album that speaks to his personal life, as well relating to the life of college students.
Senior Jemal Abdulhadi, better known as J Dasani, released an album that he said is a representation of his past and everything he has gone through. With the help of producer and mixer Nicho Stevens, also a senior, and the Student Hip Hop Organization, Abdulhadi has been able to record a seven-track album called “Noor” that is now available on most music streaming services.
“I think it’s an embodiment of my personality," Abdulhadi said. "I think all the songs are very original and true to me. I try to incorporate as much of my personality as I can in my music and hope that it resonates with people.”
Abdulhadi draws inspiration from multiple rap artists and incorporates a versatile range of genres and styles including Electronic Dance Music, pop and alternative along with rap. He said this inclusion of multiple sources, as well as his content, makes his sound unique.
“In one song, you can’t strictly just hear hip-hop, trap or rap," Abdulhadi said. “There’s a lot of EDM influences and a lot of Caribbean influences. I think I’m unique in the fact that there’s so many influences in each song that you can hear that it differentiates me.”