Arif is one of the most interesting Norwegian hip hop acts and has received increased attention the last couple of years.
His single “Alene” (“Alone”) is a well-produced take on the current megatrend hip-hop meets R&B meets pop. Probably it is also one of the most shameless, but somehow also charming love declarations that has ever been released in the history of Norwegian music.
“Hvis jeg ikke får deg vil jeg bare være alene” (“If I don’t get you I just want to be alone”), he sings over and over again on the chorus. I have seen more than one person indulging in a full-on lip sync battle with their crush to that line. Arif’s lyrics make you believe there is a meaning behind every word and he sings about love as fluently as he sings about political perspectives.
Stream “Meg & Deg Mot Alle” on Spotify.