Da sempre lamentiamo come l’hipop nostrano sia in realtà la brutta copia di quello statunitense.
E se invece gli americani stessi addirittura consigliassero ai loro connazionali quali rapper (in questo caso però dovremmo parlare di trapper, a tratti) ascoltare?
We’re still trying to decide whether his flamboyant aesthetic is an example of queer tourism or signs of an artist rejecting toxic masculinity in hip-hop today, but for now we can revel in this lad’s daring style and entertaining musical delivery. Think Lil Peep meets Tommy Cash.
Carl Brave X Franco 126:
History is riddled with the success stories of rap duos, and in the contemporary Italian hip-hop scene, the the duo that seem most poised to join these ranks are the Rome-based Carl Brave and Franco 126.
He’s still a big deal today though. Gemitaiz is known for dealing with street and narco culture in his lyrics, and hit a tough point in 2014 when he was arrested on suspicion of drug dealing offences. After being placed on house arrest, he bounced back with an album that went platinum in Italy.
Ghali is, for us, Italy’s most exciting young face in hip-hop right now. Born to Tunisian parents and raised in the suburbs of Milan, he draws inspiration from everybody from Michael Jackson to Migos when making his trap-heavy records. Famed for his keen eye for fashion, killer ear for beats and an even better one for good flows, he’s been around for the past half decade, working with a number of different rap collectives, but gaining his brilliant solo breakout in 2016. His music touches on the dichotomy between his African heritage and Italian upbringing – which he ponders through tongue-in-cheek metaphors in “Pizza Kebab” – and how chill his approach to relationships is.
Taking inspiration from the white god of trap Yung Lean, KETAMA126 is Italy’s prime purveyor of hazy, soaring cloud rap. Working mainly with his Love Gang group, he’s part of a softer, more expressive movement coming out of Milan at the moment.
We have to say, the visuals for Solero’s work veer on ‘white boy rap’ satire at times, but the songs themselves aren’t too bad. Whether soppy odes to past lovers are your thing or not, there’s no denying that there’s a refreshing element of fragility to his work. If you’re a hip-hop obsessive whose not looking to get too crazy, give this guy a try.
Priestess, real name Alessandra Prete, was discovered after her name wound up in the hands of MadMan, an Italian rapper who featured her on his 2015 record, Doppelganger. She doesn’t need anybody’s cosign though: Prete makes feverishly catchy and smart trap songs about cutthroat relationships, told through the lens of some of history’s most iconic women.
You can recognise Rkomi’s work thanks to his relentless flow. He can somehow pack what feels like two dozen syllables in one breath – and his subjects of discussion seem pretty varied too. On his verse for the posse cut “Bimbi”, he’s musing about the inescapable nature of the city he grew up in. But he’s not always so melancholic: “Liam Gallagher,” a brutal two minute cut in which Rkomi compares himself to the famed Oasis frontman, is a track about cockiness and knowing your worth.
Part of the respected Def Jam roster, Sfera Ebbasta calls himself the ‘Trap King’ on his Instagram feed. With his flash pink hair, grills and Kurt Cobain shades, he certainly looks the part, channeling artists from his genre’s emo renaissance. His music, however, is more the kind of polished pop-rap that could tear up the Billboard chart.
Tedua’s sound is the product of a man who’s never felt at home in either place. Raised in a single-parent family, his frenetic, often anger-laced rhymes dwell on the violence that surrounded him in the streets as a kid. That being said, he’s able to apply a similar energy to a collection of tracks that poke fun at rap culture, while pandering semi-ironically to its stereotypes too; they’re both present on his Orange County mixtape trilogy.
Un’analisi molto attenta, nella quale spicca l’apprezzamento per Ghali.
Siamo davvero di fronte ad un linguaggio universale?