The year 2017 is drawing to a close and this is always a perfect opportunity to review the highlights. We’ve selected 10 European rap songs from 10 different countries and will show you what happened in the European hiphop world last year.
The 23 year old Niska had a very successful year. His second official album Commando reached double platinum status in france and his hit Réseaux with over 187’000’000 views is the most watched European rap video of the year.
Fler had some very hard times in his career but since his last solo album Vibe has been released in 2016, everything is going well for the 35 old. With a lot of wind in his back he released a new LP called Epic together with Jalil, another artist from Berlin. They could enter on top of the german charts. Slowmotion was one of the first singles and it came with a luxury video filmed in Croatia.
Ayax and Prok are twins from Granada and they are 100% representative of the oldschool. They put out a lot of music this year and their fanbase is getting bigger and bigger. Reproches ist one of multiple good songs, but maybe the one with the best sample.
4. The Mouse Outfit feat. IAMDDB & Fox – I Wonder (United Kingdom – Manchester)
Believe me, this song is just music for your hiphop soul. The nine-piece band The Mouse Outfit from Manchester chose the perfect features with IAMDDB and Fox. The smooth voice of IAMDDB combined with a fresh part by Fox make a very chilly sound that you do not want to switch off so quickly.
The Booba signings Kalash (FR) and Damso (BE) reached the 100’000’000 views in less than three months with their common song Mwaka Moon. The track was released on the current album of the same name by Kalash.
This groovy song came out just two month ago. The Albanian rapper Gjiko dropped out his new single Papuqe Gucci (Albanian for “Gucci slippers”). A very modern beat, a good MC and a funny music video became to a terriffic song.
7. Capo Plaza -Allenamento #2 (Italy – Salerno)
The only 19 year old Capo Plaza had a very good time in 2017 and got millions of views on all of his music videos. On the song Allenamento 2 he shows us a perfect use of autotune and proofs again why he’s currently one of the most interesting characters in Italian hiphop.
Jireel makes incredibly good music considering that the Swedish rapper just turned 17 this year! He released his debut EP Jettad in February and thus made a name for itself in Sweden and beyond its borders. The song Snap was also featured on the EP and convinces with a coherent overall picture. We will probably hear more from this Newcomer in the near future.
9. Di-meh – Size (Switzerland – Geneva)
The 22 year old Di-Meh is member of the collective Superwak Clique from his hometown Geneva. He released his fifth EP Focus Part. 1 back in summer and got a lot of attention in Switzerland, France and Belgium. Size came with a cool videoclip and a beat you won’t forget that fast again. What a crazy sample.
10. Boef – Habiba (Netherlands – Alkmaar)
Dutch rapper Boef (Dutch for “crooks”) released a bomb back in March. Habiba was the first single of his debut album Slaaptekort, which got the record for the most streamed LP on a day in the Netherlands. With almost 50 million views on Habiba, Boef was one of the most successful European rapper on youtube this year.
That’s it, we’ve finished our first post! 2017 was a fantastic year for European rap and there are a lot more very good songs, but these ten here give you a small overview of the last 12 months.
Which song do you like most? Let us know and help us with a share!