I-NZ is a New Zealand rap MC based in Dubai.
Born in Scotland to Iraqi parents, his cultural diversity shines throughout his music creating a marked uniqueness within a highly competitive and heavily talented environment. Raised in a household of lawyers with a deep interest in politics, I-NZ’s music can occasionally have a slight political undertone. With inspirations & influencers such as The Narcicyst and Omar Offendum, I-NZ is passionate about marrying Hip-hop with Arab Culture.
Having discovered his love for musical story telling at the age of 24 in Dubai, it didn’t take long before he found himself affiliated to a rap duo called “Traknotz”. In 2011, Traknotz released a nationwide hit titled “Dubai” that led to a morning show interview on 104.1 Radio 1.
I-NZ, as part of Traknotz, has performed at the Abu Dhabi Formula One, Virgin Megastore Festival and FORTLOM in 2012, where he opened for recognized acts Malikah and Omar Offendum.
Since 2015, I-NZ has embarked on his solo musical career with a hope to inspire and educate others through meaningful music, while maintaining a slight commercial sound in order to appeal to a larger audience. With a sound that aims to bridge his Eastern roots with his Western upbringing, I-NZ believes that Dubai is the perfect multi-cultural platform for his voice to be heard.