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The “Rap Sentry”, Tunisia’s Hidden Blade (Firas Louati), Slays this Rhyme

March 12, 2012

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3-11-2012 10-20-13 PM Tunisian Firas Louati-hidden blade

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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“Master and King”: the best joint off The Holstar and Teckzilla’s “The Extraordinaires”

February 13, 2012

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2-12-2012 9-41-56 PM holstar and teckzilla

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).

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Muller Empo raps hard from the English diaspora: Zambia and Botswana

February 12, 2012

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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.  

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Senegal’s Keur Gui Crew with Coup 2 Gueule. English translation: Awesome.

December 22, 2011

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12-21-2011 10-16-36 PM senegal keur geui crew

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.

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Int’l HipHop movie: The Furious Force of Rhymes

December 11, 2011

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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.

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Moammar D.O.A.: the title says it all

November 22, 2011

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11-21-2011 9-55-50 PM libya moammar d.o.a

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.

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Ghana’s Trigmatic: Rapper or Hookman?

November 20, 2011

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11-20-2011 12-14-55 AM ghana trigmatic

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?

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Interview with the Danish-Tanzanian Eminem/Elvis: Mzungu Kichaa

November 5, 2011

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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.

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Benin’s Kaysee ft. Orisha with “Hardcore”

October 23, 2011

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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.

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DR Congo 51st Independence celebration: Salaam Kivu All Stars

October 23, 2011

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10-23-2011 3-17-30 PM congo salaam kivu all stars film fest

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.

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