K'naan album review

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Leon 1 Stefan Leon 11 November 2010 MUSC205 K’naan: Troubadour K’naan’s Troubadour , released February 24, 2009 by A&M/Octane records, is K’naan’s debut rap album for his new label. The songs present details of his life growing up amidst poverty and depression. What is a common theme among mainstream rap albums is taken to an entirely new level by K’naan’s very different perspective. He was not dealing with the drugs and violence of major U.S cities like New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, home to many popular rappers. Instead K’naan relays details of his life growing up in Mogadishu, Somalia “widely recognized as the most dangerous city in the world” (Newman). He raps about growing up in a pirate-infested neighborhood where trouble lurks around every corner. K’naan has been growing within the rap industry but this album is expected to be his break through from the fringes of the business to mainstream. Troubadour is a collection of K’naan’s thoughts on his homeland and his ability to rise above the terror that surrounded him. K’naan’s African background is seen in the lyrics of Troubadour as well in its sound. He is proud to “be influenced by Somali music and the traditional instruments of Somalia. His most recent album, Troubadour , also draws heavily from Ethiopian sources, particularly Ethio-Jazz by Alemayehu Eshete and Tilahun Gessesse” (Christgau). In songs like “America” K’naan even incorporates some verses in his native
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course MUSC 205 taught by Professor King during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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