Though Hip-hop and rap culture is not very common in the Middle East, the region’s rap artists consider it to be a genre of music that instills joy in the soul and hope among people. In the past few years, the musical genre of rap and hip-hop has flourished throughout the Middle East, especially in Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine.
Al Hassan Ali Hasan Yousef is one of the most popular hip-hop artists hailing from Palestine. Hassan was born on June 17, 1992, in the city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is a popular Arabic hip-hop singer who currently resides in Abu Dhabi. Hassan is commonly known by his stage name, Ortega. His love for making and creating music has led to immense success. He began singing at a very young age in the year 2005 and has been building his career since.
Ortega loved listening to music, particularly Western music, from a very young age. He enjoyed music from the late nineties. He listened to a Western song for the first time in the year 1998, which was called ‘La Copa de la Vida’. The song was about the World Cup and was sung by Ricky Martin. Ortega was so obsessed with its music, that he would spend hours sitting in front of the television hoping to listen to the song. Another one of his favorite songs was sung by the Back-Street Boys and was called ‘Show me the meaning’. The song entertained Ortega a great deal and it was the first song that he had memorized. In the year 2000, Ortega became obsessed with the song called ‘We Will Rock You’ by Five and would sing it while at school. He developed a liking for Western music and art. It was during his search on Western music, that Ortega came across a song by Eminem called ‘My Name Is’. The song influenced Ortega a great deal and led to his love for rap.
The 28-year-old artist has produced several songs and multiple videos throughout his career. He began his journey in pursuit of music in the year 2005. The first few years of his career proved to be the toughest. He underwent many hardships and obstacles, mainly due to the scarcity of instruments in the music industry at the time. However, Ortega continued his journey with patients and hope. He was very motivated and determined to succeed in the field of music. This drove him into overcoming all barriers along his path.
In the year 2007, Ortega released a song that was met with a huge amount of criticism from his audience. The song was disapproved by many, due to it being insulting and highly offensive. He was expelled from his school and news of his disgrace was also published in the newspapers of the Emirates. However, Ortega did not let the incident lower his morale down, and he learned a great deal from his experience. Though the incident left him feeling frustrated and more desperate than ever, it also pushed him into creating songs that were more meaningful and impactful. He kept working to improve his lyrics and sound. Soon after, he released his first-ever album called ‘I Challenge the World’ in the year 2010. His album was met with a lot of praise from the audience and caught the eye of many. By then, he had found the path he was sure about following.
Adding to his success was the creation of his own record label called ‘Ghost Records’. He lay the foundation of Ghost Records in the year 2009 and has released five albums since. His most recent album was titled ‘Shadow’, which was released in the year 2019. The album became increasingly popular in numerous music platforms, including YouTube, Spotify, and Apple. In the year 2013, one of his albums was also released on the Israeli radios.
Ortega feels immensely proud of his musical journey and his ability to be heard by large audiences. He has thousands of followers on his social media accounts. He can be reached on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat by the name alhassanortega. Ortega has over 16.8 thousand followers on Instagram alone. His Instagram features video clips of his new music and photos of himself and his friends. To receive regular updates regarding new music releases, fans can subscribe to his social media profiles and his YouTube channel as Ortega.