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article imageHip-hop for the survival of the language

By Eduardo Arrufat     Aug 5, 2013 in Entertainment
A hip-hop band from a remote Norway region is trying to save their ancestral culture by spitting rhymes in Sami, a language spoken by less than 20,000 people.
Hip hop originated during the 1970s in South Bronx, NY from a conglomerate of different musical styles mainly West African and Caribbean. It has since been associated with a movement of breaking barriers, modernism and ground-breaking trends. Today, hip hop has crossed the oceans and different languages and cultures represent it in every corner of the planet, but always trying to remain true to the original Bronx spirit.
Today, after hip hop broke all geographic barriers, SlinCraze, a rap group of Norway founded by Nils Rune Utsi is trying to save the culture of the region of Maze. They do so by rapping in their language, the Sami; a language spoken by less than 20,000 people.
SlinCraze was founded in Maze in 2002 by its lead vocalist Nils Rune Utsi however, they became known to outsiders when they performed for the King Harald V of Norway at his 70th birthday party in 2007.
Nils has recently visited New York, the cradle of Hip Hop, where he talked to BBC about his love of music, his creative process, and why rap could save his region's ancient cultures and traditions. Among his confessed influences, he includes Eminem as a great source of inspiration. His lyrical style and verse composition often resembles those of Slim Shady. The video clip above for the song Suhtadit is a clear example of the influence by Marshall Matters.
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