06 February 2012
“Big Hass is a radio DJ from Saudi Arabia with a love for hip hop so big that he defied the his country’s norms by broadcasting his beats. iCrates was lucky enough to spend time exchanging ideas and thoughts with Hass Dennaoui on how and why hip hop is his chosen soundtrack.”
By Jacob Moore
01 February 2012
“According to an official statement from K’NAAN’s camp, he’s not too happy about Mitt Romney using the song “Waving Flag” during his campaign. The Somali-Canadian rapper wants to make it very clear that he does not endorse Romney, and he will be taking legal action if necessary.”
Our friends over at World Hip Hop Market have developed this list of last year’s best efforts from the global hip hop scene.
24 hours of free music from Nomadic Wax
1.Yao Bobby (Togo)- “Camp de réfugiés”
2. Zimbabwe Legit (Zimbabwe)- “Rhymin’ with the
Togolese rapper Yao Bobby grabs the number one spot in the African artists’ category on Trace TV!
Watch the Trace TV Countdown!
Listen and download Yao Bobby’s latest album:
Histoires d’un continent
Grab a free Yao Bobby track from this week’s 2track2sdays!
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”).
Noumoucounda Cissoko is a Senegalese kora player born to a griot family. He was trained at the music conservatory in Dakar and learned much from his father, who was also an accomplished kora player. Cissoko also learned much from the streets of Dakara– especially about hip hop.
Cissoko creates a blend of jazz, traditional griot kora music, as well as some hip hop tones and rhythms.
Even at such a young age, Cissoko is a well-established collaborator, working with the likes of Youssou Ndour, Kimany Marley and jazz bassist Ira Coleman.
The first in a series of innovative mixtapes, Internationally Known: Volume 1 is proof that
Hip-Hop is global. Artists from more than thirty nations were brought together to form a comprehensive album that represents the vast landscape of Hip-Hop culture. Artists on the mixtape rap in English as well as their native languages, sparking a climate of cultural exchange.
Conceived by Dumi RIGHT of pH MUSIC and Magee McIlvaine of Nomadic Wax and Magee Films, and mixed by Italy’s DJ Nio, Internationally Known gathers material from some of the best Hip-Hop artists across the globe, in order to showcase the underground talent that has formed the foundation for global Hip-Hop. Some of the artists include Zero Plastica (Italy/Nigeria/Jamaica), Alfaress (Morocco), Wagëblë (Senegal), and OBC (Burkina Faso).
The project was a collaboration between Nomadic Wax, Zero Plastica, Basement Underground Studios, pH MUSIC, and Magee Films, organizations that are at the forefront of the global Hip-Hop movement. The mixtape will be distributed for free online and in limited amounts at shows and festivals. It will make its debut at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival in Hartford, CT on 9 April 2010.
Artists from Internationally Known are free to distribute the mixtape as they see fit in order to help spread the word about positive Hip-Hop culture, educating people and places that never would have experienced progressive, global Hip-Hop otherwise.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, Alexis Sinduhije has turned away from his career in journalism and begun the long journey down the electoral road as a candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections in Burundi. His career and life have been defined by his commitment to fairness and equality and conflict resolution, all within the realm of ethnic conflict and vast political instability in the Rwanda/Burundi region of Africa. His political campaign is focused around Burundian youth their futures.