Fariz Jabba (Fariz Rashid)

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Fariz Jabba
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Born
Muhammad Fariz Abdul Rashid

13 November 1996
Alma materGan Eng Seng Secondary School

Fariz Jabba (born on 13 November 1996 as Muhammad Fariz Abdul Rashid) is a Singaporean rapper, dancer and singer.[1] His music is recognisable through its bilingual rap verses. In 2018, Fariz Jabba’s debut single Ape Sia generated over a million views on YouTube within four months of its release.[2] As of March 2020, Fariz Jabba has over 50,000 monthly listeners on Spotify with the majority coming from Singapore and Malaysia. In 2019, Fariz Jabba performed the first rap and hip-hop segment at the Singapore’s annual National Day Parade alongside Yung Raja (Rajid Ahamed) and Wheelsmith (Danial Bawthan).[3][4]

Background

Local comedian Fakkah Fuzz (left) is Fariz Jabba's (right) biological older brother. Photo from Facebook.

Early life & family

Fariz is the youngest of four siblings. He has two older sisters, Farah and Fadhila and an older brother, Fadzri - a local comedian who goes by the moniker, Fakkah Fuzz.[5][6][7] Fariz was introduced to hip-hop and R&B at a young age through his brother’s personal CD collection. The collection included albums like Confessions by Usher and tracks such as Superstar by Jamilah.[8]

Education

Fariz attended Queenstown Primary School and Gan Eng Seng Secondary School. He served his national service with the Singapore Police Force.[9]

Music

Music debut (2017)

In 2017, Fariz took part in a freestyle rap contest on Instagram. His entry went viral and caught the attention of fixtures in the regional music scene, including SonaOne. Before the contest, Fariz had already been posting short homemade video clips of raps and remixes on social media. He continued doing so after his success. One of his uploads titled Kunci Gang (a Gucci Gang remix) caught the attention of Malaysian hip-hop veteran, Joe Flizzow, and had earned him a spot on the online rap cypher show 16 Baris.[10] This opportunity propelled Fariz further into the limelight.[11][12]

M03 Records

In a 2018 interview with Bandwagon TV, Fariz Jabba and Yung Raja (Rajid Ahamed) revealed that they had become close friends after meeting at a casting session for Ah Boys To Men 3 (2015). Following Fariz's Instagram success in 2017, he roped in Rajid to enter the local music scene with him.[13][14] In 2018 the duo signed with M03 Records. That same year, Fariz Jabba had also been recruited for the Shine x Talent Development Programme.[15][16] His stage name is a combination of his first name and the word "Jabba" from the hip-hop dance crew "Jabbawockeez".[17]

Discography

Fariz Jabba is a fan of Tupac and is inspired by artistes like Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Michael Jackson.[18][19]

2019

The cover art for Fariz Jabba's 2019 single - Masa. Photo from Bandwagon.
Date Released Song Duration Single/Album Release Record Label(s) Refs.
May 2019 Masa [Official Music Video] 2:51 Single Release M03 Records, Kartel Records, Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia [20]

2018

The cover art for Fariz Jabba's debut single - Ape Sia. Photo from Bandwagon.
Date Released Song Duration Single/Album Release Record Label(s) Refs.
August 2018 Ape Sia [Official Music Video] 2:52 Single Release M03 Records (Made you Famous) [21]
January 2018 Kunci Gang (Gucci Gang Remix) 2:19 Cover Independent -
More Better (New Freezer Remix) 2:19 Cover Independent -

2017

Date Released Song Duration Single/Album Release Record Label(s) Refs.
October 2017 Renaissance (prod. WH.Y) ft. K Faith [Official Music Video] 3:17 Single Release Independent -

Collaborations

Year Project Artist(s) Video Links
2019 Mahukah Kamu ft. Fariz Jabba Shalma Eliana Video
NDP 2019 Theme Song - Our Singapore Various artists Video
For The Culture Asia Episode 11: Fariz Jabba | ForTheCultureAsia - Video
2018 Better Dead Than A Damsel (ft. Fariz Jabba & Yung Raja) Charlie Lim Video
Way Out (remix) ft. Fariz Jabba theodora Video
Flexicution Remix (with Fariz Jabba) THELIONCITYBOY Video
YO! MTV RAPS - Video
2017 Outside (fear. Fariz Jabba) Wyane Hausley Video
Stunt (feat. Fariz Jabba & MC Raja) Video

Performances

Fariz Jabba (left) performing with Yung Raja (right) at SHINE Live (2019). Photo from Facebook.

2019

Date Event Refs.
November 2019 URBN.SENI [22]
October 2019 CAMOKAKIS Invasions [23]
#MensFolio22 Anniversary Party [24][25]
September 2019 Def Jam Recordings [26]
All That Matters’19 Conference [27]
August 2019 [email protected] Quay, Singapore River Festival 2019 [28][29]
National Day Parade [30]
Shine Live [31][32]
April 2019 KL Jamm [33]
January 2019 Scape Invasion Back-To-School Festival [34]

2018 & 2017

Fariz Jabba's promotional poster for SHINE Festival (2018). Photo from Facebook.
Date Event Refs.
December 2018 Let’s Celebrate 2019 [35]
Iskarnival Main-Main [36]
Charlie Lim Live In Concert [37]
Culture Cartel 2018 [38]
Kilo Live x HUGO present: Zendyll Records Launch [39]
November 2018 G-Fest [40]
October 2018 Singapore Tennis Festival [41]
August 2018 Baybeats [42]
16 Baris Concert [43][44]
SHINE Festival [45][46]
July 2018 IGNITE! Music Festival 2018 [47]
G-SHOCK TRANSMISSION Party [48]
April 2018 16 Baris Live at The Bee, Publika [49]
March 2018 Arté Bar [50]
Gastrobeats @ I Light Marina Bay [51]
16 Baris Episode 13 [52]
February 2018 BASEFOREWORD ft OCK curated by Rauzan Rahman [53]
December 2017 Rebuke Collection 17/18 [54]
September 2017 @ Canvas Club [55]

References / Citations

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  3. Lim, Min Zhang. “Making their voices heard at NDP's first rap, hip-hop segment”. The Straits Times. August 2, 2019. Accessed on 7 November 2019.
  4. Nurmaya, Alias. “Fariz nyanyi rap Melayu agar dekat di hati”. Berita Harian. July 12, 2018. Accessed on 7 November 2019.
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  6. FARAH LOLA. “MY BROTHER DOES MY HIJAB”. YouTube. July 29, 2018. Accessed on 3 December 2019.
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  13. Bandwagon TV. “Bandwagon meets Yung Raja and Fariz Jabba: #1 How they met”. YouTube. July 2, 2018. Accessed on 10 December 2019.
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  17. Sofiana Ramli. “Interview: Fariz Jabba”. TimeOut. May 10, 2018. Accessed on 10 December 2019.
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  24. Goh, Bryan. “#MensFolio22 Anniversary Party — the Athleisure Meets Street-Luxe Vibe of Tommy Hilfiger x Lewis Hamilton”. Men’s Folio. October 21, 2019. Accessed on 5 December 2019.
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  37. ArJun Jayaraman. “Charlie Lim and The Mothership land to deliver one of the best concerts of 2018”. Bandwagon. December 8, 2018. Accessed on 5 December 2019.
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  40. Arteche, Michelle. “Fariz Jabba, Tabitha Nauser, ShiGGa Shay and more to perform at G-Shock's 35th anniversary festival”. Bandwagon. November 23, 2018. Accessed on 6 December 2019.
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