Rolling non-US rap thread 2018

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Not sure if this even counts as rap, though Sivas is definitely a rapper, but let's get the thread rolling:

Sounds like somebody wants in on the Calvin Harris/Weeknd success!

niels, Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

SKYGG has hilarious bars, he's part of Khal Allan's project "Centeret", new single should have been a hit imo

niels, Saturday, 3 February 2018 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

3 x NL, 3 x BKO, love the beats, love the production:

BKO, “Gelato”:

BKO ft. Kimonomandem & Quessswho, “Last”:

Jerra ft. BKO, “Bom”:

breastcrawl, Monday, 16 April 2018 18:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Good stuff! NL got it going on

niels, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 09:24 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

this poor neglected thread :-(

There's been some discussion in Irish rap and obv Grime and UK rap 2018

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:25 (eight months ago) Permalink

This is a hit in a few countries, by the French-Malian Aya Nakamura, "Djadja" (posted in the Afropop thread)

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Latest single by Reykjavíkurdætur/Reykjavikurdaetur is their poppiest one yet, featuring the Icelandic singer Svala, a former Eurovision competitor. And the band unexpectedly teamed up with the male group Balcony Boyz this year.

Their usual style is glitchy collaborative tracks, like "Kalla mig hvað?" [Call me what?]

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:27 (eight months ago) Permalink

A couple from the New Zealand thread, by Rei and JessB

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

Danish group Natkat are finally ready to release their debut album, out Friday, single "Mørket kalder" has a p cool video too:

It's obv very 90s throwback but if you like that sound, well, it's p damn good

niels, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Loke Deph also doing fine, contemporary sound, old school lyricism

niels, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

From Holland:
This one's a cover of a huge Dutch hit (and guilty pleasure) from 2000.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 07:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

Djadja is great!

I think I like the concept of Reykjavíkurdætur more than the execution...

haha that Stap voor Stap is horribly enjoyable...

niels, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 09:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

I know right? So bad it's brilliant.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 25 September 2018 14:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

not sure why but Oui by Sivas, Node and Gilli seems to be blowing up

niels, Friday, 5 October 2018 17:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This Dutch banger is huge in Turkey as well, for some reason:

Yung Felix feat. Poke & Dopebwoy • Loco:

Same thing happened earlier this year with this one:

Bizzey feat. Jozo & Kraantje Pappie • Traag:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:24 (six months ago) Permalink

and niels, since you like “Djadja” so much:

Aya Nakamura • Copines

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 17:32 (six months ago) Permalink

There seems to be a million Soundcloud (or VK) rappers in Russia at the moment - GONE.Fludd is currently one of the most popular.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:51 (six months ago) Permalink

I was just digging around in Russian hip hop, too...

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:00 (six months ago) Permalink


лол, Мамбл-рэп!

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:07 (six months ago) Permalink


Scriptonite and Pika are probably my favourite acts there but there’s a bunch of stuff on the playlist I have been meaning to check out.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Tuesday, 30 October 2018 19:09 (six months ago) Permalink

thanks breastcrawl - not as great as Djadja, but v nice all the same

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 18:30 (six months ago) Permalink

She just released her new album as well (still not seeing her as “rap”, but I’m fine with this thread being about non-US “urban” music or whatever you want to call it)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:06 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah def, not like it's flooded anyway

will check out the alb

niels, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 19:13 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

this 2014 DJ Premier/Dynamic Duo collab is great, any other Korean rap recommendations?

niels, Saturday, 1 December 2018 09:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Big news on the Thai scene - it's Rap Against Dictatorship

The song’s lyrics, which confront corruption, nepotism, the lack of accountability and transparency, poor healthcare, suppression of freedom of speech and the privileges afforded the rich while the poor suffer, are some of the most forthright criticism of the military government to appear in popular culture since they took power. - (The Guardian, 30 Oct 2018)

Rap Against Dictatorship - “Prathet Ku Mee” (Which is my country)


Responding swiftly, the military junta released its own rap song (???) ... the club banger "Thailand 4.0"


"It received polite and scattered applause from the 500 young entrepreneurs and unicorn executives"

sbahnhof, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 05:30 (five months ago) Permalink

that is hella cool.

niels, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 12:21 (five months ago) Permalink

There’s some interesting stuff going on with Russian rappers and the government at the moment. The rapper Husky got arrested last month for shooting a video in public without a permit and it seems like a couple of members of the government (potentially even Medvedev) intervened to get his sentence quashed. The extremely pro-government TV pundit Dmitry Kiselyov then devoted a segment of his show to defending the Russian rap scene as heirs to the poetic tradition of Mayakovsky.

There are strong rumours the government paid Slava KPSS to release the track Vladimir Putin ahead of the last election as well.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 12:37 (five months ago) Permalink

that is kinda fucked

niels, Tuesday, 4 December 2018 12:42 (five months ago) Permalink

It's pretty fascinating, imo. I don't know if I actually understand this, but the officially sanctioned idea of Mayakovsky as the progenitor of russian rap is crazy enough to have me intrigued. Where is this new rap-positivity coming from? Are the rappers actually pro-Putin or is there something more going on? Please let us know if you come across any more info about this, ShariVari.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 4 December 2018 13:50 (five months ago) Permalink

So... Magnus Carlsen (yes, him) just made his debut as a rapper 6:20 into this song about a stolen moisturizer, lol:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 14 December 2018 09:57 (five months ago) Permalink

Zambian-born Sampa The Great continues to live up to her name:


She's based in Melbourne, and she won the Australian Music Prize for Birds And The Bee9. The spoken part by Nadeem Din-Gabisi might(?) be in Krio language...

"Life is about balance," Sampa The Great tells OkayAfrica. "This year taught me a lot about this. It was very important to me to continue to apply this lesson in all aspects of my life. In the world we live in it is very important we re-evaluate our perceptions of strength and weakness and the balancing of the feminine and masculine aspects of all our energy. It's especially important in our deeply unbalanced world." – ( / Archived)

sbahnhof, Friday, 21 December 2018 20:44 (five months ago) Permalink

Ukraine's Alyona Alyona is very good

ShariVari, Thursday, 27 December 2018 11:42 (four months ago) Permalink

She is!

German rap has some problems:


Not to mention giving a top award to an album with anti-Semitic lyrics.

sbahnhof, Sunday, 30 December 2018 01:31 (four months ago) Permalink

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