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K’naan Interview

K’naan Interview

In the world of rap, danger sells, and there has never been a shortage of emcees willing to speak on the struggle of growing up in the mean streets.  While the violent crime and extreme poverty that plague America’s inner-city areas are no joke, one thing the game seems to sorely lack is a sense of global perspective.  Here to change that, however, is K’naan, a Dusty Foot Philosopher who spent his formative years surrounded by unimaginable strife in Somalia’s war-torn capital city, but escaped from that hardship to tell his story to listeners everywhere.

After achieving widespread critical acclaim with his 2005 debut, the Somali-Canadian emcee/poet is preparing to bring his border-crossing take on hip-hop to a wider audience with the February 24th release of his sophomore album, Troubador.  Singles “ABCs” and “Dreamer,” as well as featured cut “Somalia,” offered DJBooth readers a glimpse of the well-traveled perspective K’naan will bring to the forthcoming LP, which ear