Rayess Bek, also known as Wael Koudaih, is a pioneering Lebanese rap artist. He started off with the group Aks’ser back in the mid-nineties, in a series of cringe-worthy videos of wannabe rap that I remember watching as a kid during holidays in Lebanon.
His raps and slams in Arabic and French, are filled with political messages, or rather anti-political and secular ones. They are layered with oriental beats and orchestras.
He’s quite a well-spoken guy. For anyone french-speaking you can look up his name on Dailymotion and YouTube and you’ll find some interviews with him about the siutation in Lebanon (especially in 2006 and 2008) where he proves to be one of our more eloquent and balanced voices. Here’s looking forward to a new album soon.