My name is Muhammed Adib bin Mohd Noor - I've been switching performing names since I first started doing music and started off as "Smooth” on my first proper feature, which was on Zed Peace’s “Siapa Mahu Battle”— a song featured in his Ramadhan Flow Mixtape. I went with “AdibN”, at one point I was "Dblmnl", but now I guess I'll just stick to "Adib Noor".
How did you get into music?
It started in my early 20's, probably 23-24. I've always been a fan of hip-hop and the whole culture, fascinated with words, literature, poetry and when I found out about MicBandits and how they actually pulled it off that's when I started to go for it. It started with messing around recording songs with my cousin, who put his songs on Soundcloud. I met people with the same interest, linked up with local rappers that I looked up to such as Fez, Azizi Sabri but to me what got me in to the scene was when Zed invited me to feature on a song with him - "Siapa Mahu Battle". I still remember that session, linking up with him at his home studio, listened to a couple of beats and actually did my verse and hook in just one night. I still can't believe that happened.
Alhamdulillah I was lucky enough to work with talented people which kind of made me try to do better each time i pick up the mic and learned a lot from them as well. from rhyming schemes, vocal delivery, writing, recording and so on. My advice is just go for it, if you think you can rap and you know what sounds good and what's not then go for it, always be the biggest critic on yourself and if its not up to your standard fix it.
What are your influences?
I grew up with pop culture so a lot of things influenced me. Musically, I listen to anything which sounds good: classical jazz, chill acoustic music, Rock.
Rap-wise I listen to Biggie, Tupac, J Cole, Drake, Childish Gambino, Snoop Dogg, Too Phat, SonaOne, Wu-Tang Clan (most notably Method Man), A Tribe Called Quest, Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Logic, Lil Dicky… Basically a lot. If it sounds good I jam to it.
How would you describe your music?
To me the craft is a form of expression, and escape a challenge, sometimes I just be on a track for the fun of it or I like the beat—this normally ends up as "Free Verses". But if I do write something I try to challenge myself with the rhyming scheme, the bars and something real to me, be it life experiences, heart breaks, letting out anger, or rising up from a bad place.
What do you do professionally? How do you find the time to make music?
Currently I'm a freelance writer, photographer and content developer. Previously I was a journalist for more than 6 years, so I've always been playing around with words.
How do I find time? I dunno. I write when I get inspired. If there's a beat and a studio ready, and the energy is right, I can complete a track or a draft of in just one session. I guess if there's something that inspires me I can have something on the spot.
Here's a link to a short documentary on Brunei Hip-Hop it might give a better glimpse of where im coming from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkUdrg8KJTw&t=20s
and "Up" A spoken Word I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKfoCMsz8Lw