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august 2021

A music collaboration between Emirati Soul singer ‘Arqam’ and Emirati Rapper ‘SQ’. The song is a sentimental take on their respective journey into the music industry and the internal conflicts that arise and eventually overcome. Arqam laces the track with soulful vocals whilst SQ lifts the track up with piercing rhymes in both Arabic and English.

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All I've
Been

by Arqam ft. SQ

Arqam is ambitious without abandoning his Neo-Soul roots in 'All I’ve Been', his latest single: A song for those at the cross roads of pragmatism and passion. By the end of the final verse, Arqam extinguishes doubts and anchors himself to his musical dreams. The production is spacious, the melody is sublime, and the rhythm provides plenty of room for Arqam’s belting and harmonies. Arranged with strong attention to detail, Arqam treats his voice as another instrument that blends with the production, as opposed to merely utilizing the instrumental. All I’ve Been’s vocal performance is reminiscent of Soul legends such as Charlie Wilson and Ronald Isley.

The message of the song is an inspiring one- to hold on while battling skepticism, and the harsh realities of pursuing music in chaotically evolving landscape. Arqam assures himself and the listener that he will stop at nothing in order to achieve his goals as an artist. We encourage him to continue forging his! We give this masterpiece 4 out of 5 mic drops
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