Album: Baloji, Kinshasa Succursale (Crammed Discs)

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Konono No 1's rumbling, tumbling, distorted thumb-piano-led music was ripe for hip-hop appropriation, but at least this Belgium-Congolese rapper actually returned to Kinshasa and recorded live with the musicians rather than just sampling and looping.

Baloji's rhymes ride the soukous, township jive and Afrobeat grooves with ease, making this the most vibrant, organic and energy infused African hip-hop debut since K'naan's The Dusty Foot Philosopher.