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An excerpt from writer Christopher Keith Johnson’s (Thy Black Man [dot] com) piece that features analysis on K’naan’s video/song collabo with Nas: “Nothing to Lose (Remix) is respected for a reason. Nas brought his It...

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Critically acclaimed hip-hop MC/singer/songwriter and activist, K’NAAN, has announced his highly anticipated third album, Country, God or The Girl will debut October 16, 2012 through A&M/Octone. The album follows the release of 2009’s acclaimed sophomore...

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From another of our all time favorite artists, K’naan, who has been grinding even longer than World Hip Hop Market! After his big breakthrough into the US market in 2009 and the global hit “Wavin’...

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(Editors Note: Hip Hop Market would invite debate – from a hip-hop cultural perspective – the idea of Jihadist rap or what it means to rap and rep the jihad – so we encourage your...

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by Clar Ni Chonghaile (The Guardian) Shine Ali doesn’t scare easily. If he did, he would not be with his band in a basement studio in Nairobi, rapping lyrics that challenge the Islamist rebels who control...

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Global Hip Hop’s Best of 2009

January 16, 2010 | Comments

Every year is a big year for international hip hop. Check out World Hip Hop Market's picks for the best albums of 2009....

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New K’naan Video: “T.I.A.”

May 17, 2009 | Comments

Directed by Nabil, this is a crazy, cool video for the most recent K'naan single, "T.I.A." (This is Africa)....

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The latest video from Somalia's al Qaeda-backed Al-Shabaab wing is as slickly produced as a reality TV show but with a startling message -- complete with a hip-hop jihad vibe....

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Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates

April 13, 2009 | Comments

Can anyone ever really be for piracy? Outside of sea bandits, and young girls fantasizing of Johnny Depp, would anyone with an honest regard for good human conduct really say that they are in support...

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K’Naan takes pride in honest lyrics

February 25, 2009 | Comments

K'Naan didn't set out to make political statements or deliver socially relevant messages when he wrote and recorded his new album. It's just something that came out....

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