The Come Up: Bas

From Charles De Gaulle to JFK, the Queens-bred MC is ready to expand his horizons. Abbas “Bas” Hamad didn’t start rapping until his 23rd birthday. Most rappers pick up the pen and pad during their adolescent years, but the Paris-born, Queens-bred rapper didn’t catch the bug until adulthood. As the now 26-year-old recalls, he was DJing a party and got back to his homie’s house to chill out after a night of drinking. His friend, who would often freestyle for fun, opened up GarageBand on his MacBook and encouraged Bas to rap some rhymes. After a moment of hesitation, Bas ...

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