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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.

Customer Reviews

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I used to not like hip hop and rap but when i listened to wavin flag and people like me it just touched me heart and soul! K'NAAN lyrics are so beautiful and touching and actually tell a story. keep it up K'NAAN!

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Even though there's 4 copies of wavin flag it's stil the best world cup and soul song of the year!




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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