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

December 22, 2011

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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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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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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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Seyfu reminds that soccer (football) is the world’s sport in “Senegalo Ruskov”

October 16, 2011

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10-16-2011 12-11-08 AM seyfu france senegal

Some incredible footage of unreal plays in street soccer.  Seyfu‘s got serious flow.  But…

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The Rap Siege continues: Senegalese Rappers lead Revolt!

September 20, 2011

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Check out this incredible article from the NYTimes about Senegalese rappers leading the revolution against their corrupt dictator.  The age of the Rap Revolutionary continues!

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Not hiphop, but I think Julian thinks it is

July 3, 2011

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7-3-2011 julian togo

There’s other Togolais hiphop out there–seems like the most legit stuff is in French.  But I posted this for other reasons. 

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I thought “This SUCKS”… and then Big Mo’ started spittin’

July 3, 2011

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7-3-2011 big mo sierra leone

From a purely production standpoint, this is probably the worst video I’ve posted yet.  

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Congratulations, Black Mboolo, for creating a style…that doesn’t work.

June 28, 2011

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6-27-2011 black mboolo

So, in the ’90′s, Black Mboolo innovatively rapped over native Senegalese music called Mbalax.  The drastic mix of styles doesn’t work. Here’s why…

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