If you have never listened to Polish hip hop, you have a lot to look forward to.
For those who don’t know the language, I am pleased to say that Nokturn has no lyrics, Kaubanga makes no sense anyway, and the rest of the tracks are about normal, everyday things – about Poland, of course, and stuff like concrete and mountain tops and porn and the moomins.
- Nokturn – Czarny Hifi
- Tabasko – O.S.T.R.
- Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
- Kaubanga – Sztigar Bonko
- Nowe bloki – Vienio feat. Hades
- Na szczycie – Grubson
- Banicja – Bisz (B.O.K.) feat. Pawbeats
- Rio – Miuosh
- Co mam powiedzic – Pezet
- Chodz na pole – Krakowskie Rap Kontratakuje (KRK)
Do you know better than this? Recommendations are always welcome!
Two years in Poland have taught me that there is more to this country than vodka. It is also full of ace hip hop in general and of Miuosh in particular.
Language barrier? Äsch. Isn’t most communication non-verbal anyway? But OK, you may want to check the online Urban Dictionary for meanings of kurwa and ja pierdole.
Wiecej niz mozesz (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Na zawsze (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sado feat Textyl (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Matka i krew (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Swiatlo (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Zly (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Kazde (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Born sinner feat JWP (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Barwy szczescia (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Szczury (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sam (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Nie zamykaj dzisiaj drzwi (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Fejmhejter (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Roze z betonu (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Chronos (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
In terms of rappers that have been around the block, there are few that have traveled further than Rakim. From the early days with Eric B, The R established himself as one of the true legends behind the mic.
Blentwell feature a great showcase from Elmattic tracing the history of this boy with the golden tonsils from Queens. There’s something in this laidback delivery that you rarely see in current hip hop but at the time was popularized by Rakim and the likes of Guru from Gangstarr.
The other thing about Rakim is that just about everybody remixed him (his biggest hit in the UK being ‘Paid in Full’ remixed by none other than a very young Norman Cook) and there are a bunch of those remixes featured here. Some of my faves are the ones where the vocals are cut back to grunts and shouts over a percussive workout.