The Word On: Troubadour by K'naan

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"What makes K'naan's hip-hop Somalian is less the authenticating stories he tells than the atmospheric samples he claims... "

"Even when the songs start to drown in their own melodrama, K'naan's lyrics serve as an excellent lifeline."

"I'd recommend 'Troubadour' to anyone interested in innovative rap – that is, experimental stuff that manages to do a lot without bloating itself with the nonsense "experimental stuff" tends to like, just for the hell of it."

"Without question, 'Troubadour' makes K'naan more accessible and open-hearted than the snarling, apoplectic emcee who often sounded like Eminem on his debut."