Hany Abdel Ghany’s new song, Safla, aims to be a brutally honest emotional rap song, it ended up just being brutal, and not in a good way.
The fact that the song is titled “safla” isn’t our only problem here. While we do understand that swearing has become a part of the lyrical process for many artists, making your title a swear word, especially in Egypt, just reeks of wanting to be in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
“He is dressed like the 2010’s version of Vanilla Ice, and he is “passionately” rapping against his safla ex.”
We say the wrong reasons because oh my God! The video alone is a monotonous, nonsensical disaster. Hany is “performing” his song on a chair that looks like it was taken out of the villa’s reception area. Said chair is set by the pool for some reason or another. He is dressed like the 2010’s version of Vanilla Ice, and he is “passionately” rapping against his safla ex.
Now to the most important, and therefore most infuriating, part, this isn’t good rap, plain and simple. When listening to rap music, one looks for strong lyrics, clever rhymes that are as poetic as they are witty, while remaining badass and “street” to a certain extent. What we got here is a man angrily yelling at the camera.
“We’d advise Hany to work on his lyrical skills and not go for a music video unless he’s certain he’s created a song that’s more than… Safla.”
It’s not all bad, it’s good seeing people exploring different types of music, but a genre that has created a long list of sub-cultures deserves to be better represented. We’d advise Hany to work on his lyrical skills and not go for a music video unless he’s certain he’s created a song that’s more than… Safla.
Watch the full video here