Agony Shorthand

Friday, November 07, 2003
VARIOUS ARTISTS : “AFRICA RAPS” CD….No subterfuge involved at all here – this compilation arrived precisely as advertised: a selection of modern RAP music from Africa, mostly hustled out in French & with a sordid legacy of bad, boasting, mainstream American hip-hop propping it up. There’s a bit of African syncopation and instrumentation in there, and given its origination on the streets & in the studios of Senegal, Mali & Gambia, it’s bound to be a little different than the US version. Interesting for about 5 minutes. I’m about as likely to listen to this again as Laci Peterson is.