LOS ANGELES, California — Producer and artist Hassan’s debut album “Mesopotamia” is officially being released on October 18th, bringing an album that is far from ordinary.
The highly anticipated Album is Executive Produced by Damon Dash including features from Kanye West, Cyhi, J.Ivy , GLC, Really Doe andAnthony Kilhoffer. This album is set to be a full- scale project that incorporates art, visuals, and even prompt moving discussion in an Andy Warhol approach.
Mesopotamia is an album of performance art and visuals. The album will have a music video for each song, and will also include a short film. Hassan revealed that the title of the name came from his father, who he revealed is from Iraq, as Hassan aims to discuss his father and bring light to the separation the Middle East and Africa. Hassan is not shy when it comes to invoking conversation, and he intends on doing that with this album. Wanting to create an album that is heavy on visuals, dialogue, and pushing conversation and growth- Hassan is going to bring forth themes that may be uncomfortable but will be appreciated in the end.
Aside from being an album that is going to be necessary to have among current trends in music surrounding trivial matters- all valid and equally as needed in the music industry, one major part of the album is the creation. Executively produced by Dame Dash, this album is one that is highly anticipated. Hassan has brought Dame Dash back onto the music scenes since working with the likes of artist such as Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Wiz Kahlifa and more. Hassan revealed that he and Dame Dash became close last summer after crossing paths at Kanye West “Wyoming” event, and the two then developed a mentor/mentee relationship. It was when Dame Dash learned of Hassan’s experience, knowledge, and connections that he found himself impressed and offered to help him with his album. Dash became a mentor towards Hassan, as the two of them believed in one thing: the culture.
Being a respected and sought-after producer, Hassan has always aimed to be both a producer and an artist who shifted the culture and made an impact. Hassan admitted that to be a producer, you have to be an artist and revealed that his introduction to Dej Loaf began when she stumbled upon his performance. It was then that it proved true that to be a trusted producer, it’s important that the producer even be an artist. “If an interior decorator’s home is not decorated properly, would someone go to that decorator to decorate their home?” Hassan says that for one to be trusted as a producer, they should show that they can be an artist as well. Hassan learned to be a good artist is to be a good producer, and on his album, both will be heard along with the pressure that came. It’s undeniable that his album will allow you to feel everything that he felt.
With experience as a producer and beatmaker for Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, Saweetie, Dej Loaf, Hassan’s album is expected to be of greatness. With his release coming on the 18th and his album release party on the 19th, Hassan revealed that during the party he will debut a new way to sell beats, with beats being played and videos and Q&R codes being on the wall. The highest bidder will then be given the beat. Hassan admits that he wants to change the way that he sells beats, and shift the culture with his latest technology advancements.
It’s only a few weeks until “Mesopotamia” drops, but the wait will surely be worth it.
Following the release of the album on the 18th, Hassan will also hold a release party on the October 19th.