Army Of One are back! Kuwait’s very own grassroots rap and hip-hop group have released a new song and video entitled “See Line Woman”. It’s been six years since their last album, Hush, which was released to excellent reviews in 2006 and they’ve changed things up a bit since then.
Army Of One started 10 years ago, in 2002, but only released their first official album Reprezentin in 2004. At that time, they were the first official hip hop and R&B group in the MENA region to have signed a recording contract, when they signed a deal with MegaStar Dubai.
2006 saw them follow up the success of Reprezentin with their second official album, Hush, which cemented their reputation in the region.
Since 2006 they have been on somewhat of a hiatus. They parted ways with their label and there have been no official albums or videos released.
In the ten years since their formation, a lot has changed. They have grown, not just with age, but also musically. They are back, and ready to release their third album independently – something that might not have not been possible ten years ago.
They see “See Line Woman” as the perfect song to celebrate their ten year union, to come back with a new style and theme.
It is the first time they have tried this style and genre of music. The idea of the song was mainly influenced by Alaa Wardi and the legendary Nina Simon; the chorus is a Nina Simon cover (See Line-Woman) and the verses were written and performed by Army Of One. In the song they used their voices, mouths and bodies with sound editing. The song was mixed and engineered by DJ Thunder. The video for the song was shot and edited by Nawaf Al Ali and Shaheen from Mazaj Entertainment.
They are currently working on the album and making sure the sound has evolved from their previous releases, as they are now more open and influenced to infuse their music and style with jazz, house, and Arabic. Lyrically, they say, it’s going to be off the hook. They are also working on side projects such as the “Bija” concert with Nawaf Al Gheraibah and local independent artists.
Army Of One have also added to the audio section of their new website and uploaded over a hundred unreleased songs, some old, some new, which were recorded in the past ten years.
All images courtesy of Abdull St.