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Mostafa Returns Home with “Butter الزبدة”

Egyptian American emcee, Mostafa, seeks to reconnect with his roots in his latest single “Butter الزبدة” featuring production by longtime friend and collaborator, The Don Avelar.

Album art for "Butter" featuring Mostafa wearing a black shirt, glasses, and a black, backwards baseball cap while standing on a deck in Cairo with buildings, trees, and mountains in the background.
Mostafa - Butter - Album Art

Along with the single comes a new music video filmed internationally in a variety of locations from Mostafa’s recent personal travels including Cairo, Alexandria, Rome, Amsterdam, and America. Specifically, having recently moved back to Cairo after 30 years, he uses the single to announce his arrival and leans into the sense of belonging and peace that he’s felt since returning.

The song uses a mix of English and Arabic in the lyrics to help contextualize and texturize the song with a heightened sense of cultural significance. In English, we get to see Mostafa’s spitfire lyrics on full display as he shoots words like lightening, while the Arabic lyrics feel more like a meditative chant that also doubles as a chorus hook between verses. It’s well-grounded and manages to maintain a sense of cool overtop electronic drums and synth.

Whatever you’re listening to musically over the summer, this is undoubtedly a bop that deserves to be highlighted on party playlists. The sense of arrival and swagger that emanates from it is intoxicating. Don’t miss out on some of the smoothest and hottest rhymes of the summer.

“Butter الزبدة” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

Find “Butter الزبدة” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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