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Troubadour (CD)

By: K'naan

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DISC 1 for Troubadour (CD) Album By K'naan
1   T.I.A. Buy
2   ABC's Buy
3   Dreamer Buy
4   I Come Prepared Buy
5   Bang Bang Buy
6   If Rap Gets Jealous Buy
7   Wavin' Flag Buy
8   Somalia Buy
9   America Buy
10   Fatima Buy
11   Fire In Freetown Buy
12   Take A Minute Buy
13   15 Minutes Away Buy

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Album Description

2009 release. Recorded primarily in Kingston, Jamaica where K'Naan was granted unprecedented access by his friends Stephen and Damian Marley to their father Bob Marley's original home studio at 56 Hope Road and the legendary Tuff Gong studios Troubadour is a Hip Hop album like no other. K'Naan successfully blends samples and live instrumentation for a sound that's both rooted in traditional African melodies and the classic Hip Hop tradition. Features Kirk Hammett of Metallica on the song 'If Rap Gets Jealous'.

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After his debut album--The Dusty Foot Philosopher--took Canada by storm and collected a 2006 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year, the pressure was on for K’Naan’s major label follow-up. Troubadour, in a word, delivers. Lyrically, the Somali ex-pat out-rhymes the majority of his native English-speaking counterparts with a mix of violent personal history and charismatic uplift, the occasional melodic chorus, and a voice that’s fairly compared to Eminem’s but more accurately recalls the upper-register nasality of Pharcyde’s Booty Brown. Pop-leaning cuts like “Dreamers” and “15 Minutes Away” duck in and out of instrumentals that borrow from Afrobeat (“Fire in Freetown”), a world/soul sound that hits its apex in the gorgeous “Wavin’ Flag,” and hip-hop’s best use yet of a Bob Marley sample (opener “T.I.A.”). Recorded at Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong studio in Jamaica, the album gets a heavy dose of collaborative energy from such diverse contributors as Mos Def, Chubb Rock, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine (“Bang Bang”), and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett (“If Rap Gets Jealous”). In a year that has already seen an early girth of really strong rap releases that eschew the superficial violence, misogyny, and inanity of most radio fare, Troubadour stands as a front-runner for Hip-Hop Album of the Year.  --Jason Kirk

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5 out of 5 stars Hip Hop Resurrected by East African Star, March 12, 2009
By nafto
The opening of the albulm got me hooked immediately "T.I.A" stands for This Is Africa loved loved loved it, the lyrics in this tune was interesting and very witty. The albulm holds the upbeat and dance tracks in a way which is not forced but flows very well it then developes subtly into tunes which are though provoking with issues such as war and poverty in "Somalia", his cousin left in the war in "People Like Me" and a close that you can get to love song for Knaan in "Fatima" a sad song about his first love who got killed by the somali gunmens although sad this beat is joyous and reminiscing to the good times. My 3 favourite songs on this amazing albulm are "Waving flag"- anthem of our time, "People Like Me" lyrical story teller and "15 minutes away" a very, very funny song but underrated as usual. in the words of the great Knaan - You Can Pick Up Today, Its 15 minutes Away!

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