Dizaster and Muhandes faced off last month on the steps of Mar Mikhael.
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Bashir is a Lebanese-American freestyle rap artist who goes by the name of Dizaster.Najeeb is a low profile artist who has cultivated a following for himself in Lebanon. Known by his peers as Muhandes – "Engineer" – he said that freestyle rap is a progressive art form since it endorses confrontation without sanctioning violence.That event was the first official freestyle rap battle in Lebanon.Muhandes and Dizaster showcased two contrasting, yet equally entertaining styles of freestyle rap.Muhandes further added that the concept of freestyle rap draws many parallels to an Arabic folk tradition known as the Zajal – a style of colloquial oral poetry that dates back to the pre-Islamic era.While this performative art appears to have taken a backseat to freestyle rap nowadays, it's clear that the very practice of dialectical expression has roots across the world.After all, the popularity of freestyle rap has continued to expand worldwide, seemingly without limits.
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