Tag Archive for Hip Hop

Fredy Massamba* – Ntoto

What I really find interesting about this track (and especially the video) from Congolese artist Fredy Massamba is how American it seems. It is like American (or maybe French, like blog favourite MC Solaar) hip hop culture transplanted to Africa, so completing a cycle.

Fredy Massamba:

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*Artist #713


Jay-Z – Hard Knock Life | (GPF)

I know this is cheesy but I heard it for the first time in ages (I think they were using it to promote a Jay-Z  show in Dublin on the radio – a pretty funny choice of song!) a few days ago and the contrast between the sample and the rhymes still made me smile.



Action Bronson – Pouches of Tuna ft. Roc Marciano

This features two of my favourite NYC rappers, the enigmatic, food-metaphor loving, Ghostface sound-a-like Action Bronson and the somewhat more solemn Roc Marciano.

I really like the simplicity of the hook and rhymes, giving the track a mellow, unflashy appeal.

Action Bronson (yes really!):

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Chance The Rapper* – Chain Smoker | (NAT)

From one Chicago rapper to another. Chance is a little more of an up and comer I suppose!

I really like the off-beat, tongue in cheek style here. The track is taken from his recently released Acid Rap album which is well worth checking out.

Chance the Rapper:

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*Artist #677

J Dilla – Trashy

Nice, mellow track from the late, great Detroit legend J.Dilla. I have been listening to a lot of his music recently after hearing Common give him a shout out on this interesting ode to music by Washington, DC rapper Wale.


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