It’s been quite the 2017 for Qusai Kheder. He released his new album Saudi last September, followed by his tour in the United States and South Korea, along with live concerts in Jedah, Riyadh, and Bahrain. He is also planning to release a new music video for the new year.
He describes himself as a Hijazi young man, although he was born in Riyadh, and is one of the first professional Saudi hip hop artists. He started his music career following his studies in management information systems in the United States and a master’s degree in business administration in 2004. But long before, he worked as a DJ and a broadcasting personality in Vermont during the mid-1990s.
We caught up with Qusai in this flash interview, to find out things you probably didn’t know about the talented young hip hop singer.
Why the nickname “Don Legend”?
One of my close friends used to call me “Legend” during high school, in 1993, because of my efforts to pursue my goals. I added “Don” because I liked the leading star of Godfather movie.
What is your first memory in hip hop?
When I listened to LL Cool J’s single “Mama Said Knock You Out”.
People look at you as the founder of hip hop in Saudi Arabia, what do you think?
Name three musicians you like.
Tupac, Michael Jackson, and Abdel Halim Hafez.
What messages does your music convey?
Love, life, and peace.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Charismatic, thoughtful, and shy
Tell us about the music video you’re planning to release for the New year.
Feel the music, it’d be something crazy… So be prepared.
In which field do you wish to work in the future?
What is your advice to young hip hop artists in the region?
Be genuine, creative, and respectful.
Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?
Just doing my thing.