Today we take a look at the Belgian rap scene. Or rather the rap scene from Brussels, because each of the following eight artists live there or at least in the vicinity. The Belgian rappers are very successful at the moment and have attracted much attention from every French-speaking country in the world. Now is the time to show this fascinating rap city to other parts of the world.
Damso is currently the undisputed number one in Belgian hip-hop. Since he signed for Boobas Label 92i in 2015, the 25-year-old has released two albums. They’re called Batterie Faible and Ipséite. Both projects achieved platinum status in France, and Ipséite even achieved triple platinum status. In addition, almost every single song on his last album was honored with gold, platinum or diamond status. He is currently perhaps the best-selling French-speaking rapper in general.
The song N. J Respect R from his second album Ipséite shows off Damsos smooth style perfectly:
2. Roméo Elvis
Roméo Elvis is currently one of the most influential figures in Belgian hiphop 2018 and offers a lot of skill and different facets. Coming from a family of artists, it was probably only a matter of time before the 25-year old will reach a broad mass with his music. With his last two projects, Morale and Morale 2, Roméo got more and more famous and has become something like the face of brussels hiphop.
One of the reasons for his swift success was definitely the song Bruxelles arrive together with Caballero:
If you watched the whole video to Bruxelles arrive, you’re already familiar with Caballero. One part of the duo Caballero & Jean Jass. The second member is Jean Jass and complements caballeros rapstyle both technically and visually absolutely perfect. The two have published one hit after the other for the past few years and are also constantly showing up with other Belgian rappers, which is why they are extremely popular and influential in the scene. Their second album Double Hélice 2 was released in mid-2017 and delivers a wide range of hiphop state of the art.
Heres their their cloudy song TMTC outta the LP Double Hélice 2:
The 23 year old Hamza is definitely one of the shooting stars of Brussels. Even though many would not associate him with hiphop, he owes his rise to smooth and trippy rap songs, which can be heard on his current album in 1994. His new songs contain a lot of singing and R&B, but again the beat can still be attributed to modern hip hop. Hamza is considered by many to be the Belgian Young Thug.
Convince yourself if you discover a similarity, here you have the song Godzilla of his last album 1994:
5. L’or du Commun
L’or du Commun is a crew consisting of Primero, Loxley, Swing and Félé Flingue. They stand for extremely chilled hip hop and impress with strong flow variations. Last year they published their third joint project entitled Zepellin, which received widespread attention and consistently received positive reviews. If you like catching a vibe you’ll love these guys!
The song Apollo featuring Roméo Elvis is their biggest hit as of yet:
Isha has been active in the Belgian rap scene since the early 2000s. But the 32-year-old took a long time to break and is just beginning to get back on track. After a comeback mixtape in 2016 he released another project called La vie augmente Vol.1 last year which brought him back on the radar. The second volume should arrive in early 2018. We are waiting anxiously.
One of his newest songs is called Doumamamai and it’s just a bomb:
7. La Smala
La Smala is a 6 headed crew consisting of the rappers Seyté, Senamo, Flo, Rizla, Shawn-h and the DJ X-Men. They stand for straight up hip hop and their beats can usually be assigned to the oldschool genre. The group has already been active since 2007 and they’ve released 6 common projects. Today (28.01.2018) they release their new album 11h59. (Click HERE for the album on Spotify) Which we have been hearing about for a moment.
Take a look at the song Dans ses bras and you can imagine the sound of the LP more or less:
Krisy has been producing beats and rapping since 2010, but until the release of his latest mixtape Paradis d’amour, he had not received the attention he deserved. Krisy also hears on the alias name De La Fuentes, he calls himself like that f.g on Twitter and Instagram. His next project will be called Euphoria and should be published in early 2018.
Heres one of his most recent songs Melodie with a very smooth beat and good vibes:
What do you think about these rappers from Brussels and Belgian rap in general? And which country would you like to see in the future?
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