Hip Hop is Worldwide

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“I’m intercontinental when I eat French toast” – Beastie Boys

A week or so ago I hipped y’all to the dope project recently put out by international rhyme representer, Blitz the Ambassador. It got me thinking about some of the other international Hip Hop that I’ve added to my collection over the years. I thought I’d share some with you today.

This first one comes off of a compilation I found while roaming the streets of Paris after one of our visits to the Louvre. I was introduced to several French Hip Hop acts with this compilation. At the time I was really into seeking out International Hip Hop talents and this project was chock full of them.

1. Check out this Alliance Ethnik track ft. Common and Rahzel…

2. Also, from the same compilation is this banger from Arsenik and The Rza…

A Wu-Tang feel with a french twist.

3. This third example should have already been featured on one of my Art of the Music Video posts. The video is dope, and the track isn’t too damn bad either. Super fresh in fact. German Hip Hop representers, Freundeskreis, bring us this bangin’ record…

4. Yo, this is an old school classic for me. Not the best video but this one conjures up some memories for me. It was a major record in Germany when I was growing up and one that was featured on more than one of my high school mix tapes. These dudes have been reppin’ the German Hip Hop scene for quite awhile…

5. And this one is featuring Hausemarke from the crew you just heard up top…

6. I’m gonna take you across the English Channel for this Irish-English collaboration…

I picked this one up on a whim about 15 years ago because it had a sticker on the cover indicating that Guru thought these dudes deserved some props for this project. Well, I do too.

7. The Japanese have been down with Hip Hop from the jump off. They were one of the first international communities to book Hip Hop acts in the early 80’s. So let’s shed some light on the Japanese side of The Living Legends

8. How about something a little closer to home? Puerto Rico stand up. Tego Calderon made me do a double take when I first heard this track…

9. Let’s move on further south with Chilean MC and singer, Ana Tijoux…

This woman puts out some super dope records. We got a chance to chop it up with her a few years back and I can tell you she’s the real deal.

10. This last one is as international as it gets. Three continents represented on one track. You got U.S. MC’s Cunninlynguists alongside Swedish Hip Hoppers, Looptroop Rockers and Australian rappers, Hilltop Hoods. Two hemispheres and three continents?!?…

So yeah, Hip Hop is worldwide. It’s a movement y’all. If you listen to it, you’re a part of it. Know you’re part of something big…and It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop. Peace.

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