Nomadic Wax releases the second installment of Internationally Known, the most comprehensive ongoing international hip hop mixtape series in the industry.
The 38-track mixtape presents artists from over 30 countries, and features some of the world’s fastest rising stars, including Zero Plastica (Italy), Modenine (Nigeria), Alesh (D.R.C.), Las Krudas (Cuba), Art Melody (Burkina Faso), Vox Sambou (Haiti), Emile YX (South Africa), and Diamondog (Angola), to name a few.
Originally conceived by pioneering emcee Dumi RIGHT of Zimbabwe Legit, Nomadic Wax’s Dj Magee, and Italy’s Dj Nio, the mixtape series has become home to many of the world’s most interesting young artists. On Vol. 2, Dumi Right continues his hosting duties as NYC heavyweight Dj Boo pilots the listener around the world and back, shedding light on new musical sounds, styles, and artists.
The closing track is “Super MC’s,” a Nomadic Wax exclusive that is this year’s anthem for the international hip hop community. The track rep’s the best from all four corners of the world and solidifies Internationally Known as a tastemaker’s pick for global urban music.
Click here for a complete track list!
“The SUPER MC is the one that can spit in more than two languages… American rappers can’t compete with that!”
- Chuck D (Public Enemy)
SUPER MC is a track inspired by an interview that Nomadic Wax’s Ben Herson and Magee McIlvaine did on Chuck D’s radio show a couple years ago. After discussing the Democracy in Dakar film and the many talented bilingual MCs across the African continent, Chuck D claimed, “If you can rhyme in more than two languages and braid them together… an American rapper cannot compete with that” and also “A superemcee is the one who can spit in more than two languages. That is the mark of a super rapper.” You can actually hear that radio sample at the end of the SUPER MC track.
Meet Alesh Chirwisa, a Kisangani native who raps in
French, Swahili and Lingala. His music is a far cry from the
bling and boasting that is all too common in Congolese
rumba, ndombolo, and main stream American hip-hop. In
contrast with these styles, Alesh’s music is highly political
and constantly sparking debate amongst fellow Congolese.
Out of the chaos and instability of the 2011 elections comes the latest single
from Alesh entitled ‘Reveil,’ or ‘the Awakening’. The song
presents a vivid and complex picture of the Congo at this
critical juncture in the country’s history. A combination of
frustration and hope, Alesh’s poignant lyrics reflect how, in
many ways, both Congolese leaders and citizens have
failed their country. In a country with strict censorship, it is
rare to hear such an honest, introspective, and brave
account of the Congolese struggle.
October 13th, 2009
“NYC- Global music and media company NOMADIC WAX & public relations/social media/music promoter THE BLOOM EFFECT have joined forces once again to co-produce this year’s CMJ GLOBAL HIP-HOP THROW-DOWN. The event will unite the talents of a creative and diverse group of lyricists, DJs and visual artists from The Netherlands, the Middle East, Canada, Europe, and North Africa. The event takes place at the 92YTribeca www.92ytribeca.org 200 Hudson St- Downtown Tribeca on Thursday October 22nd 2009. The event will begin at 7 PM and will last until 3 AM and will feature live international hip-hop music and DJs spinning music and a freestyle session ending the night.
Nomadic Wax/Okay Player/Modiba Remix of Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew’s (Sierra Leone) track “Ease Di Tension.”
Recorded and produced by DJ Thee Angelo (Black Noise) of South Africa during the Nomadic Wax SA2DC exchange in 2010. It is a collaboration with Flex Mathews, heavyweight on the DC underground hip hop scene.
From Emile YX?’s album Conscious Rhymes for Unconcious Times.
“Over Here” was produced by Benny Beats (Nomadic Wax) and recorded during the 2008 DC Hip Hop & Peacebuilding Festival (Organized by Stacy Willyard) at 626 L in NE DC. This track features Ardamus (DC), Babaluku (Uganda), DoomE Right (Zimbabwe), and Baay Musa (Senegal). The song is from the Dumi RIGHT’s (Zimbabwe Legit) album entitled ‘Connect the Dots.’
Ken and Ngongull Kiz, both natives of Gabon, founded Poetes Fysiks guided by the noble values of hip-hop and an unfaltering faith in the power of the movement. The duo’s title conjures their success in two parts: “Poetes” alludes to their poetic ability, and “Fysiks” alludes to their powerful stage presence. Prior to creating Poetes Fysks, Ken and Ngongull were part of their own rap groups in Gabon; “The Syndikat of Kava” and “The Block of K Siks” respectively. The two rappers joined creative forces, and in 2008, while on the road to Mali, they settled in Burkina Faso, where their music quickly caught fire.
3nitro and MOA met in the early 90′s where they were part of rival b-boy crews in Cote D’Ivoire. A friendship was struck due to their love of b-boy and hip hop culture. They lost touch for quite a few years until they met again in the hip-hop circles of Philidelphia, where they were both attending college. By this time, their lyrical skills had greatly matured and they quickly teamed up to record their first album, REBEL POETRY, under the moniker JMNI (pronounced “gem-in-eye”).