[MISC] 10 International Rappers You Should Know: G-Dragon at #4

7 Jan
Hip-hop may have its origins in the Boogie Down Bronx but the genre has spread thousands of miles across the globe since its humble beginnings in the late ’70s. Whether it’s our neighbors in Canada, across the pond in the U.K. or within the K-pop frenzy in South Korea, the hard-hitting lyrics and head-bopping beats are guaranteed to be found. It’s only logical since music has always been a universal language and hip-hop proves to be one of the greatest examples of that fact.

From issues like poverty, violence and depression, hip-hop has been a vehicle to showcase the problems in neighborhoods — many that you’d never have the chance to step foot in — around the world. But there’s also the positive side in which artists build a career for themselves by flexing their lyrical skills. Some have the innate human impulse to boast about their cars, girls and jewelry while others just want to invite you into their life for a day through their poetic license.

Hip-hop is a feeling that is understood on every continent. Even if listeners can’t understand the words — Young Thug has taught us that sometimes that just doesn’t matter — no worries; if it jams, bangs or clicks with the soul, that’s all that’s needed. From Ontario to Nigeria, here are 10 International Rappers You Should Know.

(Parts not related to G-Dragon have been omitted)

4. G Dragon
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” isn’t nearly all of what South Korean music has to offer. With the same theatrics as the song that took 2012 by surprise, South Korean rappers include it all with a sick flow to boost. And G Dragon is no different. One fifth of the super group Big Bang, he is also a solo act as well. He often mixes pop music with his rhymes, which is really no different than what Nicki Minaj does on her track “Starships.” Songs like “Crooked” are guaranteed to make hip-hop fans feel inspired to mimic the catchy tune while bopping their head. As for Big Bang, think ’90s boy bands mixed with dope rhymes. East Coast residents can catch the entire group at the Prudential Center in N.J. this weekend (Oct. 10-11).

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