Bas (rapper)

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Bas performing at The Mod Club in Toronto during Too High to Riot Tour in 2016
Background information
Birth nameAbbas Hamad
Born (1987-05-27) May 27, 1987 (age 32)
Paris, France[1]
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitefiends.nyc

Abbas Hamad, better known by his stage name Bas (born May 27, 1987 in Paris, France) is a French rapper from Queens, New York. He is signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records and Interscope Records. His first studio album Last Winter, was released on April 29, 2014, followed by his second studio album, Too High to Riot that was released on March 4, 2016. His third album, Milky Way, was released on August 24, 2018.

Early life[edit]

Bas was born in Paris in 1987, to Sudanese parents. At the age of 8, his family moved to New York City. He attended St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, New York.

Bas is also the younger brother of J.Cole’s college friend and manager Ibrahim Hamad.

Musical career[edit]

2011–13: Career beginnings and Mixtapes[edit]

In 2011, Bas released his debut mixtape titled Quarter Water Raised Vol. 1.[2] In 2013, his second mixtape was released entitled, Quarter Water Raised Vol. 2.[3]

In 2013, Bas was featured on J. Cole's "New York Times" along with 50 Cent from Cole's album Born Sinner, and then on DJ Khaled's "Hells Kitchen" from Suffering from Success.[1] He then appeared on the Dreamville compilation mixtape Revenge of the Dreamers. That mixtape was released in celebration of Dreamville's partnership with Interscope Records, resulting in Bas being signed to Interscope.[4] Two weeks prior to the release of his debut album Last Winter, Bas released a free EP titled Two Weeks Notice.[5][6]

2014–15: Last Winter[edit]

Bas performing during What Dreams May Come Tour in January 2014.

Last Winter was released on April 29, 2014 by Dreamville Records and Interscope Records. The album was a conceptual project that touches on the cold days in New York City recording the album. The album was supported by the single "My Nigga Just Made Bail" produced by GP808 and featured guest appearances by J. Cole.[7] Last Winter would debut at 103 on the Billboard 200 with 3,601 copies sold in its first week.[8]

Following its release, Bas went on a 10-city nationwide tour titled after the album.[1] Bas followed his own "Last Winter" tour by going on a 24-city nationwide and international tour with TDE rapper Ab-Soul. In 2015, Bas supported J. Cole on '2014 Forest Hills Drive Tour' alongside Omen, Cozz, Jeremih, YG, and Big Sean.

2016–17: Too High to Riot[edit]

Bas released his second album, Too High to Riot on March 4, 2016. The album also includes guest appearances from his labelmates J. Cole and Cozz, as well as the Hics. The album would debut at 49 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 10,965 copies in its first week.[9] He also later released a music video for each song on the album. Bas went on tour titled after the album in June 2016 with Cozz and EarthGang. It included 26 cities in North America and 10 cities in Europe. On January 29, 2017, the documentary highlighting the tour was released on Tidal.[10]

2018–present: Milky Way[edit]

On April 10, 2018, Bas released the one-off single "Pinball II", featuring Correy C.[11] The first single for his third album "Boca Raton" was released on June 19, and featured ASAP Ferg.[12] On August 22, he released the second single "Tribe" featuring J. Cole.[13] Bas released his third album, Milky Way on August 24, 2018.[14] The album debuted at number 35 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,150 album-equivalent units in the first week. Bas announced a 43-city tour to support the album, which began in November 2018 and concluded in February 2019. In late 2018, Bas announced he was working on an album with frequent collaborators, The Hics, the album is due out sometime in 2019.

[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
US
R&B/HH

[17]
US
Rap

[18]
BEL
FLA

CAN NLD
Last Winter
  • Released: April 29, 2014
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
103 18 13
Too High to Riot
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
49 7 6
Milky Way
  • Released: August 24, 2018
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
35 19 17 180 65 109

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US
R&B/HH

US
Rap

Revenge of the Dreamers[19]
(with Dreamville)
Revenge of the Dreamers II
(with Dreamville)
  • Released: December 8, 2015
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
29 4 3
Revenge of the Dreamers III
(with Dreamville)
  • Released: July 5, 2019[20]
  • Label: Dreamville, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 1

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Mixtape details
Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 1
  • Released: June 7, 2011
  • Format: Digital download
Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. 2
  • Released: May 26, 2013
  • Format: Digital download
Two Weeks Notice
  • Released: April 15, 2014
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[21]
US
R&B/HH

[22]
"Lit"[23]
(featuring J. Cole & KQuick)
2013 Last Winter
"My Nigga Just Made Bail"[24]
(featuring J. Cole)
2014
"Charles De Gaulle to JFK"[25]
"Night Job"[26]
(featuring J. Cole)
2015 Too High to Riot
"Housewives"[26]
"Methylone"[27] 2016
"Boca Raton"[28]
(featuring ASAP Ferg)
2018 Milky Way
"Tribe"[29]
(with J. Cole)
8 48
"Fragrance"[31]
(featuring Correy C)
"Purge"[32] 2019
"Fried Rice"[33]
(featuring J.I.D)
TBA

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B/HH
US
Rap
CAN NZ
Hot
"Braille"[34]
(Ab-Soul featuring Bas)
2016 Do What Thou Wilt.
"Can't Call It"[35]
(Spillage Village featuring EarthGang, J.I.D, J. Cole & Bas)
Bears Like This Too Much
"Down Bad"[36]
(Dreamville featuring JID, Bas, J. Cole, EarthGang & Young Nudy)
2019 64 26 22 69 10 Revenge of the Dreamers III
"Costa Rica"
(Dreamville featuring Bas, JID, Guapdad 4000, Reese LAFLARE, Jace, Mez, Smokepurpp, Buddy and Ski Mask the Slump God)
75 30

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Cousins"[37] 2013 J. Cole Truly Yours 2
"New York Times"[38] J. Cole, 50 Cent Born Sinner
"Hell's Kitchen"[39] DJ Khaled, J. Cole Suffering from Success
"I Need That"[40] 2014 Cozz Cozz & Effect
"Sketches of Paranoia"[41] 2015 Omen Elephant Eyes
"Keep On Goin"[42] 2017 Russ non-album single
"Addicted 2 (Keep Cool Remix)"[43] 2019 VanJess Addicted (Maxi Single)
"Link Up"[44] Buddy, Guapdad 4000, Kent Jamz, J.I.D, Ari Lennox Harlan & Alondra
"Ap3x (Remastered)" Shane Eagle Never Grow Up (EP)
"Don't Hit Me Right Now"[45] Cozz, Yung Baby Tate, Guapdad 4000 & Buddy Revenge of the Dreamers III
"Self Love"[45] Ari Lennox, Baby Rose

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bas - Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. I". DatPiff.
  3. ^ "Bas - Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II". DatPiff.
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  5. ^ "Bas Releases New Mixtape âTwo Weeks Noticeâ". XXL.
  6. ^ Zach Frydenlund. "Download Bas' "Two Weeks Notice" EP". Complex.
  7. ^ "Bas "Charles de Gaulle To JFK" - XXL". XXL Mag.
  8. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 05/04/2014".
  9. ^ "Listen to Bas' Newest Release, "Methylone," Off His Forthcoming 'Too High to Riot' - The Source". 5 February 2016.
  10. ^ Dreamville (February 4, 2017). "Too High To Riot (Documentary)". YouTube. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Stream Bas' Summer-Ready Single "Boca Raton" f/ ASAP Ferg". Complex.
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  18. ^ "Bas Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
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  31. ^ "Bas Escapes A "Clinger" In Smooth "Fragrance" Visuals". HotNewHipHop.
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  33. ^ "Bas Taps J.I.D for Menacing New Track "Fried Rice"". Highsnobiety.
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  35. ^ "Bears Like This Too Much". iTunes.
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