What’s most surprising about Firas Louati–goes by the rap handle Hidden Blade–is that his English rapping is really good. Like…really good. In this ESL rap world, it’s just a foregone conclusion these guys are going to suck in English. So when they smoke it, it’s just spinetingling. But then he also kills it in Arabic. Read more…
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March 12, 2012
February 13, 2012
Master and King opens with a riff that sounds like a way slowed down version of Heavy D’s “Now that We Found Love” (see below too). But the melody’s slightly different and very current. It’s an addictive song…the best off “The Extraordinaires from The Holstar (Zambia) and Teckzilla (Canada, bwo Nigeria).
February 12, 2012
Muller Empo is a Botswana underground rapper in Russia. He recently did a track with 2 Zambian MC’s, called Stand Up. What’s most notable here is the strength of English-speaking rappers from countries you didn’t know English is the primary language: Botswana and Zambia.
December 22, 2011
These guys are going tribal here and you know you’re just watching something different. They infuse the African beat with some thick rapping on top. Really nice.
December 11, 2011
The Furious Force of Rhymes by Joshua Atesh Litle documents hiphop scenes in 5 countries around the world: USA, Israel/Palestine, Germany, France, and Senegal. A must see.
November 22, 2011
From Libya with love, a rapper “eulogizes” Moammar, aka Qaddafi. Only in hiphop can you get on a mic on a talkshow and just rap about what’s been going on. It just wouldn’t work with, say, a polka.
November 20, 2011
In rap, you’re either a rapper or a hookman (the guy who sings the chorus, i.e. “hook”). Sure, you’ve got rappers who sing hooks–e.g. Eminem and Drake are extremely rare being great at both–but it’s best to leave each to their respective professionals. So is Ghana’s Trigmatic on that level?
November 5, 2011
One of the great, unique voices out there, Mzungu Kichaa interviewed on the Patricia Show (filmed in Nairobi). He talks about his upbringing, from moving to the Zambian bush at 6 to life in Tanzania. Very cool white dude.
October 23, 2011
WW needed a little redo for Benin. One of the first vids on the site was from Orpair featuring Willy Mignon. With this vid, some vindication.
October 23, 2011
Very cool initiative by Yole!Africa youth center in Goma empowering youth to make every aspect of this. Surprisingly well shot and edited. Read all about it below.