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  • Audio CD (June 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000A1IKCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wash It Down
2. Soobax
3. What's Hardcore?
4. My Old Home
5. Kids (Interlude)
6. I Was Stabbed By Satan
7. A Ghetto So Ruff (Interlude)
8. Smile
9. Rap Gets Jealous
10. The Dusty Foot Philosopher
11. Strugglin'
12. In The Beginning
13. Hoobaale
14. The African Way
15. Voices In My Head
16. Boxing My Shadow
17. The Dusty Foot Philosopher
18. Until Tha Lion Learns To Speak

Editorial Reviews

Negotiating his Way Forcefully Through a Gritty Sandstorm of Spoken-word and African Instrumental Interludes, K'naan Brings Us a Collection of Funky, Original Backgrounds Nearly as Weighty as the Cautionary Words that Float above Them. In his Liner Notes, K'naan Recounts a Nearly Fatal Incident Involving a Live Grenade which He and a Couple of his School Friends Discovered in their Classroom in Mogadishu, Somalia. While Playing with the Mysterious Object, which Initially Looked Like a Potato, the Grenade's Pin Slipped. Throwing it as Fast and as Far as He Could, the Destructive Object Lay to Ruin Much of the Empty Building. Thankfully, No One was Hurt. Then Only Ten Years Old, K'naan (Whose Name Means "The Traveller" in Somalian) Credits that Event as the Watershed Moment which Led Him to Become a Writer.

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If only all hip hop were like this...the guy is a poet.
Amani C.
I recommend this album to any fan of music, and I anxiously await K'naan's sophmore attempt.
Patrick McGuire
Deep lyrics, great beats, very original and enjoyable stuff.
P. Locke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ekwa on October 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm an East African who grew up right over the border from Somalia and even then, I've never heard anyone say anything about Somalia other than rehashing CNN's point of view. It was always just a "messed up" place and nothing else. Finally this young brother speaks with such passion about the life and people that LIVE there...despite the turmoil and everything else there is LIFE and LOVE and K'Naan does such a phenomenal job getting that across. Listening to his tracks you can feel the pain, the frusteration, the hope...everything. He also acknowledges that just because he's no longer in a war-torn country doesn't automatically mean that life is great, a thought rarely discussed when it comes to refugees. It's often assumed and believed that we've done them all a great huge favor by removing them from their country...and while it's obviously better not to live under the fear of death, there's also the fact that generally people prefer to live in their home surroundings with the people they love and are familiar with. Migration, even to the lands of milk and honey in the west, is a HUGE sacrifice. Bravo K'Naan! This CD is a major contribution to Africa's history and to the masses whose thoughts and feelings are rarely acknowledged in an affirming an unbiased manner. An ESSENTIAL piece to anyone's library!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wiest on November 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I normally don't go for hip hop and I hardly ever give 5 stars, but quality trumps genre any day, and this is some great stuff. Musically influenced by hip hop beats and his native Somalia, he manages to keep them successfully distinct. When he does merge them, it is with skill and style and wit. Too often merged styles end up sounding muddy, but not here.

The lyrics are poetic. He deals with some very serious subjects, but manages to inject humour and pragmatism without cheapening the message.

Finally, the album works well as a whole, not just a collection of songs, though you'll probably want to add some singles to your playlists.

Enjoy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dm26 on January 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
K'naan is from dangerous Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a far cry from the crying, whining and bragging of todays popular "gangsta" rappers. K'naan is a real down to earth, hard working, brilliant poet, without the insecure ego. No one else compares.

My 4 favorite tracks:

1. I was stabbed by Satan

2. Rap gets Jealous

3. In the Beginning

4. The Dusty Foot Philosopher

10 stars out of 10
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amani C. on July 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had the opportunity to go see him live on July 4th, definitely a talented young artist with a powerful message and some of the best fusion beats to back it up. If only all hip hop were like this...the guy is a poet. Go pick this album up and do yourself a favor. I promise you won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eve Neela Malone on February 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the most engaging, well written albums I've come across in quite some time. K'Naan has been a favourite of mine and I was lucky enough to catch a live performance last year. This album is the next best thing to a live performance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ascent magazine on July 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Somalia's rivers of violence have not drowned the raw poetic voice of K'naan. Embittered by the tragedy of his war-torn homeland, K'naan rises from the rubble of refugee camps, prison, and a civilization crushed under gang warfare with a debut rap album about struggle and freedom.

Entitled The Dusty Foot Philosopher, this album records K'naan's own struggles through isolation, the destruction of a homeland, and the dignity he seeks. Despite it all, he sings out his pain. Deeply influenced by his heritage of poets, K'naan brings this lyrical sensibility into the realm of rap, to recount the myths, realities and hardship of his people. Rap, he claims, is the poor peoples' weapon, the voice of the unheard.

"I know struggle, and struggle knows me." His relationship to struggle is developed in each track of the album. Starting with birth, where he claims Satan stabs a child in order to introduce pain, he goes on to explain a childhood cut short by grenades, an adolescence holding an AK-47, and an adulthood of poverty and isolation. Down to the colour of vomit and blood, his songs describe present-day Somalia's stark reality. K'naan's depiction of his childhood is graphic, and disturbing. This is no World Vision commercial break. This is blatant random rape and ceaseless violence.

His philosophy is deeply informed by pain. Pain of violence, and the burden of anonymity. Asking, "How could rap quench my thirst?" he speaks from the frustrated voice of an unrecorded artist. The depth of one man's pain speaks to my own struggle. Though I have not known war, I have known the betrayal of isolation, the unquenched yearning for a sense of place; I have lived with the burning desire to be heard.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Leeder on July 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
this cd takes rap out of the current slump it has been in and brings a new sound that is enerjetic, heartfelt and inventive. As soon as I bought this cd i was immediately hooked by its infectious groove. the mix of world beat, old school flavor and intelligent rhymes yields a potent mix that will not soon be leaving my cd player.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Niko Karavasilis on October 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had a chance to see K'naan at the Breedlove Tour with Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Pharaoh Monche and Jean Grey and let me tell you he rocked the show. I had the chance to meet him after the show as he was selling his beautiful album at the back of the Fillmore in Denver and what a guy. Humble, kind, very down to earth. His music expresses the hardships of leaving his homeland and the unimaginable pain of living in modern day Somalia. His music expresses the frustration and anger about his homeland but also brings hope about the future, as well as awareness as most people especially in the U.S. have no idea what is going on over there because CNN and other corporate media just cover it as a rogue state. K'naan puts the human element in his music and expresses it beautifully. Great all around CD, original beats, lyrics, and well put together. Keep on fighting K'naan wherever you are.
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