Thursday, September 9, 2010
K'naan - New Millenium Global Artist
First and foremost - K'naan is dope.
More specifically, K'naan is a Somali emcee with a global sound influenced by everything from Bob Marley to Eminem to Ethiopian jazz. His music is urban, african, raw, lyrical, hype, funky and fresh.
His conscious lyrics avoid the typical American gangsta rap clichés and posturing, and instead shed light about the situation in his homeland of Somalia, calling for an end to violence and bloodshed.
He has a vast international reach, that was further spread by his tune "Wavin' Flag" - the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which went #1 in 16 countries!
He was recently featured in an ABC News article as a up-an-coming artist beating the stigma of "World Music".
Jason King, an associate professor at New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, says "I definitely think he has the potential to be one of the biggest emcees in the business because he does represent the next age of hip-hop which in my opinion is globally conscious hip-hop."
We think so too! Check out this video of his song "Soobax" off his first album, "The Dusty Foot Philosopher", shot in his homeland of Somalia. The beat is crazy!