Troubadour A rising-star rapper from Somalia (by way of Toronto) is as unlikely as an American president with Kenyan roots, so the buzz surrounding K'Naan's star-studded… Troubadour A rising-star rapper from Somalia (by way of Toronto) is as unlikely as an American president with Kenyan roots, so the buzz surrounding K'Naan's star-studded… 2009-02-24 K'Naan Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Troubadour (2009)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 24, 2009; Lead Performance: K'Naan; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

A rising-star rapper from Somalia (by way of Toronto) is as unlikely as an American president with Kenyan roots, so the buzz surrounding K'Naan's star-studded new album is enough to make you want to toast the new world order. Not so fast, though. Troubadour isn't the party script for the war-weary that K'Naan's brilliant debut, The Dusty Foot Philosopher, succeeded at being. His richly detailed rhymes are part of a more pop-centric stew, and the special guests (Mos Def, Damian Marley, Maroon 5's Adam Levine) make the recipe seem a little overcooked. B

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Originally posted Feb 18, 2009 Published in issue #1036 Feb 27, 2009 Order article reprints