The final stop on our European Hip Hop Tour is Italy. Country: Italy Population: (as of 2011 census) 59,570,581 Capital: Rome Currency: Euro (€) Old places of interest If you’re music savvy, you’ll know Italy’s biggest influence on music came during mid to late 70s in the form of Italo disco. The main man of Italy in that genre was Giorgio Moroder (who Dilla notably sampled on E=MC2)….

We hit up the Czech Republic for the next stop on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Czech Republic Population: (as of 2011 census) 10,562,214 Capital: Prague Currency: Czech koruna (CZK) Old places of interest Again, much like with Ukrainian hip hop, there isn’t much of a “history” to show since the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Influential group Choazz were formed in 1993 with their debut …a nastal chaos…

We’re in Poland for our latest stop on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Poland Population: (as of 2011 census) 38,501,000 Capital: Warsaw Currency: Zloty (PLN) Old places of interest Polish hip hop took shape in the early 90s through Liroy (then PM Cool Lee) when he released his debut album East On Da Mic. He is seen as one of the pioneers of hip hop culture in Poland….

We’re in Ukraine for our next stop on the European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Ukraine Population: (2010 estimate) 45,888,000 Capital: Kiev (or Kyiv) Currency: Hryvnia (UAH) Old places of interest Because Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, there isn’t much of a “history” to go by. You can still take a look at our Russian instalment for a similar type of sound but that’s all…

From cool to cold, we’re in Russia for the latest stop on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Russia Population: (2012 estimate) 143,100,000 Capital: Moscow Currency: Russian ruble (RUB) Old places of interest (For the sake of geographical argument, we will only cover acts originating from the area now called Russia) While under Soviet rule, hip hop wasn’t a very popular genre, considering its origins. It…

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…

We’re in Denmark for the next stage of our European hip hop tour. Country: Denmark Population: (2012 estimate) 5,543,453 Capital: Copenhagen Currency: Danish krone (DKK) Old places of interest Commonly known as “Dansk rap”, apart from acts like Malk de Koijn and MC Einar, hip hop in Denmark didn’t get as big a start until the early 1990s, when English was the preferred language for underground acts…

We’re in Germany for the next stop on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: Germany Population: (2011 estimate) 81,726,000 Capital: Berlin Currency: Euro (€) Old places of interest German hip hop really began towards the late 80s with the emergence of groups like Advanced Chemistry, Die Fantastischen Vier (who, despite their commercial success that helped to pioneer hip hop music in Germany, were often criticised for being “too…

After a lengthy stay in France, we head for the Netherlands on our European Hip Hop Tour. Country: The Netherlands (commonly referred to as Holland, although North and South Holland are actually only two of its twelve provinces.) Population: (2012 estimate) 16,730,007 Capital: Amsterdam Currency: Euro (€) Old places of interest Also referred to as “Nederhop”, the first group to really start the genre was Osdorp Posse, with frontman Def P. The likes…

We’re in France for our next stop in the Sampleface European Hip Hop Tour. Country: France Population: (2012 estimate) 65,350,000 Capital: Paris Currency: Euro (€) Old places of interest Bonjour! We have found ourselves in France, possibly one of the main hotbeds of hip hop outside the US and UK. The birth of hip hop in France is said to derive from the booming economy after…