As Chyno looks on, center, Edd Abbas, left and Dizaster sound off during the famed 2015 rap battle at the base of Mar Mikhael’s Vendome stairs.
Photo courtesy of Chyno
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Back in 2015, LA-based Lebanese rapper "Dizaster" got in touch with Edd Abbas about staging a rap battle on Mar Mikhael's Vendome stairs.Born to Syrian-Filipino parents, the 33-year-old rapper has always valued hip-hop's inclusivity.With the enthusiastic encouragement of Beirut's hip-hop community, Chyno developed The Arena, which he calls the first Arabic-language battle rap league.There are few expressions of anticipation as intense as those of onlookers in the seconds before the first rhymes of a rap battle.It's the exchanges' hypnotic and lighthearted nature that leaves battles with no real "winner" and ultimately build a strong sense of camaraderie among everyone in The Arena.The dates for The Arena's future rap battles are yet to be announced but, based on the exponential success of the last few events, it's clear they will be highly-anticipated and the community of hip-hop lovers in Beirut will continue to grow.
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