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|Birth name||Qusai Kheder|
|Also known as||Don Legend, The Kamelion|
May 31, 1978 |
jeddah, Saudi Arabia
|Origin||Jeddah, Saudi Arabia|
|Genres||Arabic hip hop|
|Occupations||Rapper, singer/songwriter, record producer, television personality, DJ|
|Associated acts||Solillaquists of Sound, Fredwreck, D-Light, X:144|
Qusai Kheder (in Arabic: قصي خضر, born 1978), known by the stage names Qusai and Qusai aka Don Legend the Kamelion, is a Saudi Arabian Hip Hop Artist, singer/songwriter, record producer, rapper, television personality, and DJ. Qusai is the first Saudi professional Hip Hop Artist.
In addition to his music career, Qusai has appeared on television as the co-host of Hip Hop Na on MTV Arabia with hip-hop producer Fredwreck, and as a co-host, with Raya Abirached, on MBC4's Arabs Got Talent
Early years and early music career
With the introduction of new partners, Eyesomnia Productions evolved into Eyesomnia Enterprises by 2004. Under the Eyesomnia label, Don Legend released two solo albums, and also recorded two EPs and a full album as part of the duo Urban Legacy with fellow MC D-Light. The track "Jeddah (My Hometown City)" from his first independent album, The Life of a Lost Soul, began a buzz for the artist in his hometown back in Saudi Arabia. Legend performed regularly at several performance venues and music events in the Orlando area during the early to mid-2000s. He also performed in shows in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and other major US cities.
Return to Saudi Arabia
Don Legend returned to Saudi Arabia in 2005, changing his stage name to Qusai and signing with Platinum Records, based in. His first album for Platinum was 2008's Don Legend the Kamelion, which sold over 20,000 copies in the Middle East and remained the number one album on the KSA Music Master charts for three consecutive weeks. His second album, Experimental Edutainment (2010), sold 30,000 copies and was the number one album on the Virgin top albums chart in the Gulf Region for four consecutive weeks. These sales were achieved without international distribution or online sales.
Qusai records and performs in both Arabic and English. Two of his singles, "The Wedding" (2008) and "The Job" (2010) have been number-one songs on Wanasah's Top 10 list and on 103 MBC FM. The video for Qusai's single "Mother" premiered on the MBC television network to coincide with Mother's Day (March 21) in 2009. Qusai continues to perform throughout Europe and the Middle East.
In addition to his music, Qusai began working in television as well. He and fellow Arabic hip hop artist Fredwreck hosted Hip Hop Na (Our Hip-Hop), a hip-hop talent search contest show, for MTV Arabia in 2007.Hip Hop Na became the first Arabic hip-hop show and the flagship show for MTV Arabia. In 2009, Qusai and Fredwreck began hosting Beit el Hip Hop (The House of Hip-Hop) on Wanasah TV. On January 14, 2011, Qusai began appearing as the co-host, with Raya Abi Rached, of Arabs Got Talent on MBC4. He also sang with many singers like Ludacris, Akon, Karl Wolf and others.
Major label releases
- Don Legend the Kamelion (2008)
- Experimental Edutainment (2010)
- The Inevitable Change (2012)
Singles and music videos
- 2008: "The Wedding"
- 2008: "Hayo Al-Saudi"
- 2009: "That's Life"
- 2009: "Mother"
- 2010: "The Job"
- 2010: "Any Given Day"
- 2010: "Father"
- 2011: "Everyone Can Play"
- 2012: "Yalla"
- 2012: "Change"
- 2013: "Eve"
- PepsiCo and Zain Telecommunications
- 2007: Hip Hop Na, MTV Arabia
- 2009: Beit el Hip Hop, Wanasah TV
- 2011: Arabs Got Talent, MBC4
- 2012: Arabs Got Talent 2, MBC4
- 2013: Arabs Got Talent 3, MBC4
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