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Two Tone


Rachid Ben Messaoud, known as Two Tone, is a talented, versatile, resourceful and charismatic Moroccan Hip Hop artist who raps in both a low and high pitched voice. With 7 Number One Singles across the globe, Two Tone has also lent his talents to many collaborations featuring globally-recognised names in the music industry.

Born to Moroccan parents, Messaoud grew up in the Netherlands. During his younger years he had many brushes with the law, later reflecting that he was a “Thugged out Moroccan roaming the Dutch streets looking for a purpose in life.” In the 90’s, Two Tone ran with underground street crew 252 Main .....

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Rachid Ben Messaoud, known as Two Tone, is a talented, versatile, resourceful and charismatic Moroccan Hip Hop artist who raps in both a low and high pitched voice. With 7 Number One Singles across the globe, Two Tone has also lent his talents to many collaborations featuring globally-recognised names in the music industry.

Born to Moroccan parents, Messaoud grew up in the Netherlands. During his younger years he had many brushes with the law, later reflecting that he was a “Thugged out Moroccan roaming the Dutch streets looking for a purpose in life.” In the 90’s, Two Tone ran with underground street crew 252 Maindrive and it was during this time that he began to MC with famous names such as Ice-T, Waka Flocka and Krayzie Bones of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.

Two Tone’s first visit to Dubai in 2007 had a lasting impact on the artist. The dramatic cityscapes and luxurious cars of Dubai feature heavily in his visually stunning music videos, celebrating all the elements that he loves most about the city.

International recognition came swiftly for Two Tone in 2014 with the launch of Senorita – a monster hit in Morocco and Dubai. This collaboration with Erick Machado and Nengo Flow was to be the first of many with artists from all around the world.

Since the massive success of ‘Senorita’, Two Tone has built Selfmade Entertainment DXB in his new home base in Dubai. 2014 and 2015 has seen 7 Number One Singles for Two Tone, including Senorita, Keep On Going (feat Tony Lenta and Erick Machado), Mektab/Destiny (feat Rhany), Mind on Me and the recent collaboration Moroccan vocalist and Star Academy winner Ibtissam Tiskat on ‘Weli Liya’ (Coming Home), as well as two hit singles with Award winning Virgin Radio host Kris Fade, ‘In It For Love’ and the current Number One hit ‘I Woke Up Like This’. He has also been broadcast across the Middle East, Europe and South America on CNN, Fox Worldwide MBC and Super Canal, as well as featuring in many high profile newspapers and magazines.

2016 will continue to see Two Tone produce lots of new music, as well as performances at major concerts and festivals across Europe and The Middle East. New collaborations with industry heavyweights across the globe are also on the way and a single on the soundtrack for upcoming animated film Bilal, featuring Will Smith and Queen Latifah.

De son Maroc d’origine, il a retenu une culture riche et une ouverture sur le Monde. Aux pays bas où il a grandi, Rachid Benmeassoud a découvert la musique. C’est dans les rues de Ryswick que ce chanteur international a fait ses premières rencontres avec le Rap, un style qu’il chante aujourd’hui à la perfection. Ce n’est donc pas pour rien qu’il porte le surnom de Two Tone ou les deux tons, car ce qui distingue notre Rachid marocain, c’est le fait qu’il puisse rapper en même temps avec une voix basse et haute.

Rachid s’initie au professionnalisme dès son jeune âge. A 13 ans, il entre au studio pour ses premiers enregistrements. Une année plus tard, il chante dans différentes scènes de la ville et devient également la star de l’école en dévoilant sa voix sublime à l’occasion des différentes activités artistiques.

Attachés à leurs racines, les parents de Rachid lui inculquent l’amour du Maroc qu’il visitait chaque année pendant les vacances d’été.

Au fil des années, Rachid Benmessaoud se construit une réputation aux Pays Bas avant de percer à l’international. Considéré comme un véritable phénomène Hip Hop, Two Tone collabore avec les plus pionniers du Rap international comme Ice T et Krayzie Bone et Thugs N Harmony. Durant les cinq dernières années, Two Tone se concentre sur son label musical qu’il baptise « Selfmade Entertainment DXB » et développe à Dubaï.

Les frontières ne sont plus un obstacle pour Rachid Ben Messoud puisque sa musique voyage comme lui au-delà des cultures et des pays. De Dubaï, de Casablanca ou de Ryswick, il développe des projets musicaux variés et ambitieux.

Il est le fer de lance d’un album avec le groupe Custom Made Music. Engageant ses émotions et son vécu dans sa musique, Two Tone travaille avec passion. Pour leur premier single, « Hating on me », Two Tone propose à son ami Krayzie Bone de le rejoindre. Ensemble, ils livrent un single avec cette touche ancienne de Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Ils dévoilent ainsi leur approche nouvelle qu’ils apportent à la musique. En plus des vibes connues de tous les rappeurs, Two Tone importe dans sa musique des rythmes et des influences propres à la musique arabe, ce qui fait de son style un style unique.

Le métissage identitaire se reflète dans sa musique qui devient, elle aussi, multiculturelle et internationale.

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