With J. Cole making his way towards legendary status, he is also defining himself as a business man. In 2013, he launched his own label, Dreamville Records, and one of the first artists signed was Bas. Born in Paris, yet raised in Jamaica, Queens, he was known as Abbas Hamad, a young guy selling drugs before rapping became his new occupation. Younger brother to the president of Dreamville, Ibrahim Hamad, family ties did not stifle his ambitions on making a name for himself.
Introducing himself as Bas in 2011, he released his first mixtape, Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 1. Part two of the mixtape was released in 2013; however, he really made a name for himself as an opening act on J. Cole’s What Dreams May Come tour. A feature on Cole’s Born Sinner album, as well as, a verse from Cole on his song Lit, continued to keep his name in the conversation. Bas followed up at a consistent pace with his debut album Last Winter, features on Dreamville’s compilation tape Revenge of the Dreamers, and his Two Weeks Notice mixtape. Most recently, he released his second album, Too High to Riot, which offers a different sound and different content. Addressing issues regarding his past life, family members, and the social climate today, this is best he has ever sounded. From his first initial release until now, he has grown tremendously and more comfortable in his sound. Bas is removing himself from under J. Cole’s wing and taking flight, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Watch Bas’s newest video for single “Matches” below!