Saturday, 21 February 2009

Hiphop på svenska: Timbuktu

Jason Diakité aka Timbuktu is one of the big names in Swedish hiphop. Born by American parents he didnt belive that hiphop could be done in Swedish until one day when he tried it on a whim. When he realized that that was what the public wanted he continued and is now a well-known name with a faithful fan base. He has been recording and touring with both Petter and Looptroop over the years (to name a few).

The big breakthrough came with the track Ett brev who was inspired by Michel Moore and his book Stupid White Men. Its a letter to the Swedish Prime Minister of the time, Göran Persson, where he tells him to get a grip and not let Sweden slip and become a mini-USA etc.

Timbuktu has taken the old school American hiphop to a new level by singing on Swedish, or more precisely skånska (a Swedish dialect), but keeping the root of hiphop. To be the voice of every day people and to make the critique towards society and politics visible, and to give air to his own fears and worries of a young man from Malmö. The need of stay true and not be a "sell out" to the "bling-bling-mentality" that has taken over large parts of the hiphop industry in recent years.

If you are a fan of Swedish hiphop, check this out!

Ett Brev

Alla Vill Till Himmelen Men Få Vill Dö

Det Löser Sig

Välj Mig

Press Photo

For more information check out the official website and Myspace