With the recent bombing in Uganda and all of the press about Somali pirates, I thought that it might be a good time to do a post on K’naan. He was raised in Mogadishu, but when the 1991 Somali Civil War broke out, he and his family fled to New York City (briefly) before finally settling in Toronto. You can read about K’naan’s background and history here and of course here.
OK, I know what you’re thinking… “Somali rapper? This is gonna be terrible!” I, for one, have never been a fan of African rap. Hell, I didn’t even like Zimbabwe Legit (except for the DJ Shadow’s Legitimate Mix, but that doesn’t count.) K’naan, however, is the first African rapper to catch my attention.
Below are three of my favorite songs from the Troubadour album. I was most impressed by K’naan’s lyrics and how he approaches his topics in these songs. It’s a fresh and totally different take on the street/ghetto/gangsta genre of rap.