European Hip Hop Tour #9: Sweden

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We give the cool Swedes a look for the next stop on our European Hip Hop Tour.

Country: Sweden

Population: (as of 2011 census) 9,415,295

Capital: Stockholm

Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)

Old places of interest

Emerging in the first half of the 1980s, Swedish hip hop originated in Stockholm and Malmö, thanks to Per Cussion and Grandmaster Funk with their 1984 tracks “Don’t Stop”, “Snow Blind” and “Payin’ The Price”. In the early days, most rappers in Sweden rapped in English. Funkalics and The Latin Kings, two very different acts united by their innovative use of the Swedish language, debuted a decade later and paved the way for a second, and bigger, breakthrough for Swedish hip hop. But of course, the most famous Swedish hip hop export of the early days was Neneh Cherry, with her crossover album, Raw Like Sushi, making the Swedish media take a closer look at the genre in the context of Sweden’s native artists.