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K'Naan: Troubadour

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    Growing up in war-torn Somalia, K'NAAN has seen more gun violence and tougher streets than your average gangster rapper could ever imagine, yet he chooses to use his experience to spread peace with his eloquent and thought-provoking lyrics. This juxtaposition offers a refreshing body of work to the contemporary hip-hop world. In 2006, K'NAAN took home the Juno Award (Canada's Grammy) for Best Rap Recording and most recently received "Newcomer of the Year" honors at the BBC's Radio 3 Awards, a showcase assembled to honor the very best in "world music."

    On Troubadour, events like these don't need to be glorified or exaggerated for the sake of art. "I think there are some people that are struggling in hoods [in Canada and America], but it is so much harder and so much more violent [in Somalia]," says K'NAAN. "If you want to be like, 'I'm from the hood. We got it rough. We got gats,' I think you should know the alternative exists. I'm speaking in the same language of hip-hop which decidedly speaks about rough neighborhoods. So if there is a place for rough neighborhoods, then here comes the Mother of Rough Neighborhoods."

    Certain that it was only a matter of time before her family met the same fate, K'NAAN's mother would travel daily through the firefight to the U.S. embassy in the hopes of securing visas for her and her loved ones. Despite daily denials, she persisted, and on the last day the U.S. embassy was in Somalia, received visas to leave for America. "You can't even describe it," says K'NAAN. "It is the most sensational, liberating feeling. There was the weight of a world of hope on your shoulder that has suddenly landed. It was only then that I started to get this certain value of life that I never had before." With little possessions and no knowledge of English, K'NAAN and his family boarded the last commercial flight out of Mogadishu for New York before settling in Toronto.

    Troubadour represents the sum of these experiences and more. Having spent the better part of the last two years traveling the world, taking his message directly to the people , soaking in everything from Bob Dylan to Fela Kuti to and Mos Def , Troubadour is the sonic document of an artist who has a lot to share, but clearly has a lot more in the coming years. For anyone who's said that hip-hop has nothing left to say, Troubadour proves that it all depends on where you look.

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    1. T.I.A.
    Producers: K'Naan; Brian West
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    2. ABC's
    featuring Chubb Rock
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    3. Dreamer
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    4. I Come Prepared
    featuring Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    5. Bang Bang
    featuring Adam Levine
    Producer: Bruno Mars
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    6. If Rap Gets Jealous
    featuring Kirk Hammet
    Producer: Don Gilmore
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    7. Wavin' Flag
    Producers: Kerry 'Krucial' Brothers; Bruno Mars
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    8. Somalia
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    9. America
    featuring Mos Def; Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5)
    Producer: Minnesota
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    10. Fatima
    Producers: Track & Field Productions; K'Naan
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    11. Fire in Freetown
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    12. Take A Minute
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    13. 15 Minutes Away
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    14. People Like Me
    Producer: Track & Field Productions
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    Total Comments: 14
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/4/2010 12:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 61.216.100)
    Location: Philly,USA
    Comment: Music hip hop poetry common man creating classical practical Music. non-believers:pause
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 8/26/2010 10:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 172.209.64)
    Location: Thailand
    Comment: i'm poem
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/5/2010 6:35:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Peru
    Comment: suena too bien el lo mejoer q e hescuchado ?
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/4/2010 10:39:00 AM; Partial IP: .33.15.134)
    Location: BeiJing China
    Comment: Wavin flag is a good music,It's let me feel excited
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/1/2009 1:40:00 PM; Partial IP: .99.47.130)
    Location: Phila
    Comment: how can people say anything bout his voice,but not Chali 2na,he sounds like he been holding in a mean crap,for like 2 weeks,but he's saying something,man may not have the best beats,but he has a message,and he is using hip hop to spread it,isn't that what it's all about,he puts his heart into it,so its cool with me
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/8/2009 6:12:00 PM; Partial IP: .11.250.46)
    Location: London
    Comment: This is a good album, alot of people are complaining his voice, but i'd take a clever mc with a different voice with good lyrics, to the average fake thug rapper with the typical (and usually put on) voice any day.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/25/2009 10:41:00 PM; Partial IP: 20.156.221)
    Location: STL
    Comment: THere are like 4 really great songs on this...the rest does have a corny feel to though he is trying to appeal to the Black eyes pea suburban crowd...that being said..with a little direction...he could be great.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 5/1/2009 1:31:00 PM; Partial IP: 221.105.95)
    Location: Minot
    Comment: one of the worst cds I have ever gotten.... only one good song on the whole thing... to much pop music on it. sounds like kiddie rap/r&b. song 9 is the only good thing u can listen to!
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/8/2009 11:47:00 AM; Partial IP: 15.144.201)
    Location: gville sc
    Comment: Dude just need some production. He sound like a hungry wil I am no pun intended. He is saying something which is why this joint gets 2 stars but the production is whack. Leave them pop beats alone.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/2/2009 6:07:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: London
    Comment: It's the first time i've listened to this guy but i'm really feeling this. I don't have a clue what what he's saying in Somalian, he could be talking abosolute rubbish for all I know, still i'll think he's spittin deep lyrics and thats a good thing. Nice to hear Mos and Chali 2na on the same track, then the Somali verse at the end... crazy
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2009 8:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 184.121.49)
    Location: chicago
    Comment: lets talkabout hip hop and those voices used by some of the best or some of the greatest that were different to name a few cool g rap(voice) rza (voice &lyrics) Eazy-e (voice) (all of souls of mischief)Ras kass, 2pac and K'naan this is hip hop. I feel you solife450 but because were so use to this main stream B.S. K'naan is 1991-1999 hip hop before the B.S.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/20/2009 2:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.175.25)
    Location: Beantown
    Comment: I'll mitigate the two reviews for this album and give it four stars. I actually just saw K'Naan live @ Harpers Ferry and he's got one of those great hip-hop voices. This album has some dope tracks, but not as good as his first album.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/8/2009 9:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 88.218.193)
    Location: yo ho is retarded
    Comment: Are your kidding me look up K'naan and the Dusty Foot Philosopher he is from Smolia and has had a insane childhood beyond your comprehension and to dont judge somebody by their voice listen to the lyrics u dumb Pos he is not trying to be Bob Marley to the contrary he is the modern Marley this album and the DFP are poetry K'Naan is a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest music into poetry.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 3/8/2009 10:26:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: yo ho
    Comment: this dude sounds like a gry fart, this is not hip hop more like wannabe bob marley. eat som food man, it looks like he is going too die eny second!
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