Canadian based Somalian rapper K’naan has been on my ‘to watch’ list ever since his first album ‘The Dusty Foot Philosopher’ in 2005 which was an excellent rap album, full of fascinating stories from his homeland and is up there with the best hip-hop albums of the 2000’s. Ever since his massive hit ‘Wavin’ Flag’ he’s moved away from his hip-hop roots into a more pop-rap, radio-friendly sound – especially on his newest album ‘Country, God, or the Girl’. Among the tracks that just make me cringe (collaboration with Bono does NOT work!), he does show off an incredible knack for writing very catchy hooks and in places it is a very uplifting listen.
Check out ‘Gold in Timbuktu’ and first single ‘Hurt Me Tomorrow’ as well as this track ’70 Excuses’ which explodes with a wonderful horn section midway through that should at least put a smile on your face.