My Weekend

Nur Ahmad Muhaimin.

A visual merchandiser by day and musician by night, Nur Ahmad Muhaimin, who goes by the moniker Mean, is an emcee in the Singapore hip-hop scene.

He represents local music collectives such as XS Collective, a group of prolific hip-hop enthusiasts, and HYBRDTHRY, a crop of Singaporean producers and musicians.

After he released his debut album Not Safe For Work last month, the 26-year-old rapper- producer performed at the recent homecoming edition of Singapore: Inside Out and last month's Neon Lights Festival.

He will be at Aliwal Arts Centre tomorrow for Base Live Episode Two, an initiative started in late October by Singapore hip-hop promoter Team Highness. Tickets are available at

Mean lives with his parents and two older sisters in a four-room HDB flat in Choa Chu Kang.

What is a weekend like for you?

If I'm not performing, I'll either be resting at home or in the studio working on more music as I can't do my recordings on weekdays.

Since I have to juggle my day job and passion, I try to keep my weekends as free as possible.

What do you for leisure during your downtime?

I like dining out a lot and having either a glass of wine or a coffee with friends. I also love to shop, so I'll always be doing that, trying to update my wardrobe for upcoming performances.

Where are some of your favourite places to go to?

I am a frequent patron of the Loewe boutiques at Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City. I like to visit Fendi too, to keep myself updated of the new arrivals and check out the new merchandise.

I also enjoy the Shiok Maki from Koh Grill & Sushi Bar at Wisma Atria. The maki really lives up to its name.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, for just a weekend, who would it be?

It would have to be Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons. I've been a big fan of his work since I was 18. If given the opportunity to meet him, I would love to learn more about why he does certain things in his designs and pick his brain on his outlook on life.

If you could go for an overseas weekend getaway, where would it be?

Hong Kong. I've never been there, but I think I'll really dig the food and culture.

Omar Amir

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2015, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe