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Georges Wassouf. (Instagram / officialwassouf)

So you wanna be a gangsta.

Rap music is known for its beefs—those moments in time when two highly talented artisans begin directing the gunfire of their lyrics at each other.

But let it not be said that, when push comes to shove, Arab artist aren’t willing to throw shade at each other either, whipping up their crowds in a frenzy.

When asked today about who should retire from music, Lebanese singer Wael Jassar pointed at Syrian singer Georges Wassouf.

Wassouf fans got loud in protest.

To be fair, Jassar’s comment was critical, but also respectful—a backhand if there ever was one. “I’d advise George Wassouf to retire,” he said, “so he doesn’t diminish his history of big accomplishments.”

But in response to Wassouf’s fans going ballistic, he did issue an apology video in which he claimed he simply meant “Wassouf looked tired.”

That’s OK, Wael Jassar. Arab fans seem concerned about the fate of celebrities all the time.

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