Although he declares himself as Sudanese rapper from Queens, New York, Bas was born Abbas Hamad on May 27, 1987, in Paris, France. When he was only an 8-year old child, his family moved to New York City where, at the time just Abbas, attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York.
He is also connected with J. Cole, thanks to his younger brother, Ibrahim Hamad, who ended up being J. Cole’s friend in college and manager.
Bas started rapping in 2010 encouraged by a close friend. Before being discovered, Bas released two mixtapes in 2011 – Quarter Water Raised Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
His talent and unique voice helped him become a central member of the Dreamville rooster. With them, Bas has released several albums – Last Winter in 2014, Too High to Riot in 2016, and Milky Way in 2018. All of his records ended up on popular charts.
His career development was encouraged by J. Cole who invited him to perform with him on tours and later signed Bas with the Interscope-affiliated Dreamville label. Bas debuted in 2014 with his album Last Winter which was a massive success ending up at number 18 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
His second album, Too High to Riot was released in 2016 cracking the top 50 on the Billboard 200. Milky Way came out in 2018 hitting the 35the position on Billboard 200.
In the News
Until recently, the only news coverage you could find on Bas were his tour announcements, album and singles reviews. The latest Bas talk says that he’s planning an African tour in efforts to bring his music to the country where his parents come from and the entire African continent.
The tour went well in Nairobi and other places, but, unfortunately, the final concert got canceled, and Bas couldn’t perform in his home, Khartoum – the capital city of Sudan.
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