From Med School To Rapper: How The Synaptik Is Changing Arabic Rap
BY: ALEXANDRA TALTY
By all measures, The Synaptik is having a good year.
Months after unveiling his English collaboration EP “Terminal” with the rapper Chyno, his first album “Om Al Mawjat” or “Mother of all Waves,” debuted to fan fare in Jordan. After spending the summer touring Europe, he’s hitting the road again this October for shows in Lebanon, Austria and Palestine.
But not all of The Synaptik‘s accomplishments have been musical. In May 2018, the 25-year old rapper graduated from medical school.
While for most, medical school doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with a hip hop career, for The Synaptik it always made sense. Drawn to rap as a teenager, the Palestinian-Jordanian started making his own music at 17, and by 20, realized he wanted to try to make a career out of it. However, he came from a middle class family in Amman, Jordan and knew that he had to support himself with more than his musical aspirations.
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And so he decided to become a doctor as an “alternative.” But rap was always there in the background. When he studied for his tests, he there were two screens open: internal medicine and FruityLoops, or FL Studio, an audio workstation.