Aptly dubbed ‘Hitmaker,’ Moroccan rapper Raste more than lives up to his moniker. Since his breakout in 2019, he’s been racking up millions of streams and views, making waves with hits like “Still Alive,” “Hickey,” and “Ah Bon.” Raste is one of the uncrowned kings of Moroccan hip—hop. In the crowded and competitive arena, Raste has always found a way to stand out with music that speaks to both the heart and the hustle.
Rapper, singer, songwriter – Raste ticks all these boxes, passing all the vibe checks, floating on any beat with a flow that seems almost effortless. His sound is hard to pin down, but unmistakably Raste – his tracks move with a life of their own, filled with emotion, dance-inducing beats, and flows that roll off the tongue with a blend of wit and lyrical depth. Bringing this same energy to his YUNG Selects playlist, Raste offers an irreverent mix of tunes as diverse as his own musical palate. From gritty street anthems to nostalgic favorites and unexpected Spotify discoveries, it’s a musical trip that’s quintessentially Raste.
Our playlist kicks off with a motivational bang, with “Nice & Good” by Knucks. This track, with its relentless ‘no days off’ mantra, aligns perfectly with Raste’s grind mentality. He keeps the energy high with another Knucks hit, “Home,” an energetic anthem and club banger that, as Raste puts it, propels him into “a heightened state of inspiration.” There’s an urban heartbeat to these picks, much like the pulse of city life that Raste often captures in his music.
Then there’s the Rai music – “Chriki” by Cheb Bilal whom Raste lauds as “an eternal legend” and “Dana Dana Daini” by Zahouania, a nostalgic gem from his childhood. Rai, a genre that’s close to his heart, with its fusion of traditional and contemporary twists, mirrors Raste’s own musical palette – deeply rooted in Moroccan culture, yet always new and fresh.
Raste’s choices also paint a picture of his own emotional landscape. “Mansit” by Oum, “My Jailer” by Ahmed Soultan, and Stromae’s “Carmen” – they’re all lived experiences, laden with emotion and shared with only the dearest friends and trusted music connoisseurs. His choice of “Nemzzz type beat” by Nemzzz is notably intimate – a track where the melody weaves an intimate atmosphere, emphasizing the emotive power of minimalism in music.
Reflective and evocative, “l7assol” by Bigg reflects Raste’s journey of personal evolution. These choices show his penchant for emotionally charged music, while “people” by Libianca, a TikTok-born hit, underscores the impact of social media in shaping today’s music scene, with a production style that’s as catchy as it is introspective.
This playlist paints a picture of Raste not just as an artist, but as a storyteller, whose music is both a product and a narrator of his cultural milieu.
If you vibed to this playlist, check out the rest of our YUNG Selects on our dedicated music pages.