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The third major-label album from Somalian/Canadian artist K'Naan, (following the critically acclaimed The Dusty Foot Philosopher and live follow-up The Dusty Foot On the Road), Troubadour is another collection of mostly upbeat joints that fuse rap, rock, pop, reggae, and global activism, with several triumphant African-pride tracks ("T.I.A." and "Somalia") as well as a great romantic number ("Fatima") and a comical tale of the broke, struggling artist ("15 Minutes Away"). Genre-wise, the music flows over rap and rock beats, adding hooks, breaking heads and breaking hearts with his story of survival growing up in Mogadishu. Fittingly, the featured guests are an extraordinarily diverse bunch, including Damian Marley, Metallica bassist Kirk Hammett, old-school rapper Chubb Rock, and Adam Levine from Maroon 5. Other key tracks include "Dreamers," "ABC’s," and "America" with Mos Def and Chali 2na.

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1. T.I.A.-7/10-Not the best way to lead off an album, but still pretty good.
2. ABC's (ft. Chubb Rock)-9.5/10-Hip beat and smart lyrics.
3. Dreamer-8/10-Honest and true.
4. I Come Prepared (ft. Damian Marley)-9/10-Excellent style and lyric.
5. Bang Bang (ft. Adam Levine)-10/10-One of the best on the album. Catchy and fun.
6. If Rap Gets Jealous (ft. Kirk Hammet)-9/10-Rock out!
7. Wavin' Flag-11/10-The best inspirational track of all time. Best track on the album, also.
8. Somalia-9.5/10-Old school hip hop.
9. America (ft. Mos Def & Chali 2na)-7.9/10-Not the most friendly of his songs.
10. Fatima-9.4/10- Great.
11. Fire in Freetown-9/10-Inspirational.
12. Take a Minute-10/10-All around great.
13. 15 Minutes Away-8/10-Pretty well done.
14. People Like Me-9/10-Brilliance, Eminem-esqe hip hop.
15. Wavin' Flag (ft. & David Guetta)-10/10-Great remix.
16. Wavin' Flag (Coca-cola Celebration Mix-10/10-Another great remix.
17. Wavin' Flag (Coca-cola Spanish Celebration Mix) [ft. David Bisbal]-11/10-As good as the original. Bueno!



Bang bang was my favorite(:

Moved me

Just saw him on Austin City Limits, and his music moved me., especially Somalia and Take a Minute..


Born: February 1, 1978 in Mogadishu, Somalia

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, just as the civil unrest that rocked the country was beginning, rapper K'NAAN spent the early years of his life trying to avoid death and listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia earlier. When K'NAAN (whose name means "traveler" in Somali) was 13, he, his mother, and his two siblings were able to leave their homeland and join relatives in Harlem, where they stayed briefly before moving to Rexdale, Ontario, where there...
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