Next Level Looking for US Artists for International Exchange

December 16, 2014 | Comments

Next Level (, an initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is looking for Hip Hop artist-educators to participate in an international...

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by Fabio Nalin (for World Hip Hop Market) It’s Friday May 18th, 01.00 AM, the dark and cavernesque dancefloor of the Shelter was getting more and more crowded of hip hop heads, while djs Ceezy,...

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Mexican rock and hip-hop find love worldwide

December 11, 2014 | Comments

In 2015, hip-hop-flavored Latin rock band Molotov will celebrate its 20th anniversary as one of Mexico’s least-likely international stars. With potty-mouthed raps, politically slanted anthems and irresistibly catchy funk n’ punk, Mexico’s answer to the...

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A visit to Xiamen City. Chinese rapper Young Jack introduces “FRESHTAPE” project. by Fabio Nalin (for World Hip Hop Market) Xiamen is a sunny city located on an island facing Taiwan in the Fujian province,...

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Interview: Jinn the Rapper (Pakistan)

January 28, 2014 | Comments

We discovered Pakistani emcee Jinn the Rapper last summer online through mutual friends. He was set to perform at a small festival in Ethiopia – and we knew there had to be a story there....

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How Ferguson and Eric Garner show the political power of hip-hop

December 13, 2014 | Comments

  Over these last few weeks, it’s been hard to miss the presence of hip-hop in protests over incidents involving police and unarmed black men. In some ways, there is...

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In praise of Skinnyman and Klashnekoff

November 26, 2014 | Comments

Introducing, ‘Tembeza Kinasa’

January 29, 2014 | Comments