ElGrandeToto Essentials

ElGrandeToto Essentials

Since the mid ’80s, Morocco has grown into a hotbed for North African hip-hop. Enter Taha Fahssi, aka ElGrandeToto, the Casablanca-born wunderkind—perhaps best known for his 2017 banger “Pablo”—who storms the scene like he owns it, maintaining a fierce bent over rattling trap beats. His upfront approach takes some cues from Mr Crazy, another local rap standout who was jailed aged 17 due to lyrics that “harmed public morality”. But among his braggadocious bars, he also reveals a politically conscious streak as he takes potshots at social injustice in his home nation.

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