The project was borne out of a Friday afternoon link share in the office. Hard to say exactly where it started, but it involved each of us sharing some of our favorite foreign language, hip-hop inspired tunes.
As is inevitable when discussing such things now a days, someone threw down PSY – Gangnam Style.
Followed shortly thereafter by a submission from Italy, Caparezza’s – “Vengo dalla luna”
Which led me to dig through my iPod and come up with this Shazam capture from Breaking Bad, Ana Tijoux’s “1977”
And after that, I was hooked. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about the obscure lyrics set atop the familiar beats. So I’ve set out to fill a playlist of some of the best from the international hip hop world. A bit of internet sleuthing has already turned up some real gems, everything from French/American collaboration, to Danish-Pakistani anti-racisim rhymes, to the best Japanese female rapper you’ll hear today.
Hocus Pocus - Hip Hop? featuring The Procussions
Ali Kazim - La' Mig Leve
Hime - Ukina
Now, I want to find more and I turn it over the collective hive mind of the community. Do you have any international hip hop that should be on the list? Send it over, I’d love to hear what you’re listening to. The parameters? There are none really. My preference is for lyrics in a foreign language but would consider some well mixed English lyrics as well.