I LOVE music. Love, love, love. Everything that goes through my head is accompanied by a song of some kind. It’s like the soundtrack to life and a song can COMPLETELY change my mood. Like last night. I had a really shit week at work this week. I mean really shit. I even left work in tears one evening. So I was going to come home and spend my Friday night getting in an early one to start the weekend right. But I felt like crap. I was tired, too tired to cook and definitely too tired to resist picking up a bottle of wine (ok, maybe it was two bottles….)
Bottle shopping done, I flicked on my iPad to listen to some new tunes I had downloaded onto my iPod over the weekend and hit play. What the actual hell? This shit was awesome!!! Really awesome. I mean, it had to be to actually pull me out of the mood I was in.
I got home, threw myself on the couch and flicked the bluetooth button on my Bose speakers to stream the incredible sounds from my iPod through to the rest of the house. Instantly my bad mood did a backflip and I felt much, much better. What was so good about them? I mean, it’s not like I could understand any of the lyrics.
So what were these mystical tunes that turned my week around? These lyrics I couldn’t understand? The awesomeness that is Polish hip-hop.
Yep, Polish. You might think that’s taking my destination research a little far, but I am Polish and my upcoming visit to Poland spurred me on to learn a bit more about the music scene. So who have I been listening to? Heavy bass, sophisticated, sexy beats – little moody (but I love that) and some good looking Polish guys. What’s not to like? It’s based on the Toronto sound (think Drake). Ok, there’s still the hot chicks, lavish lifestyle shots and fancy cars (though it’s Poland remember, so it’s old school beemers and sports cars direct from the 1980’s) but there’s a sensitivity to these tunes that I haven’t heard before. Warsaw’s history feels like its written all over its face.
Let me introduce you to Taco Hemingway, Quebonafide, PlanBe and a few of the guys….
Taco – great hair, which carries on from his head down to his eyebrows and moustache. Suave. Excellent rapper, and you’ll always remember his voice. Love 6zer where he grooves away with whisky in hand, without seemingly losing a drop. This was the first song of his I heard and I loved it straight away simply because it featured my favourite Polish words “bardzo prosze”.
Quebonafide – ok’s, he’s diff. Coloured hair, gold grillz, tatts galore (neck, fingers, eyelids, inside mouth), pokes his tongue out every five minutes, maniacal glint in his eye, but if you look through all that…. Que’s songs are madness, especially his travel rap stuff. Beautiful clips from his world travels mixed with social comment. He does loads of collabs, so check out his stuff with Planbe and Taco (at least).
Planbe – my favourite (such a lovely face, with quite possibly the nicest nose I’ve ever seen on a man). I’m obsessed with the way his hands move when he raps. His music is tinged with a touch of sadness and longing and he has probably the best voice of all the Polish rappers I’ve heard so far. Plus he comes from a part of Poland not too far away from where my step-grandfather lived. If I can’t catch a Planbe gig while I’m in Poland, I’ll die….
Bedoes – ok, he doesn’t have the smooth, cool raptones of the others, but there’s something quirky about him. Boy can he roll his tongue.
Otsochodzi – he’s like a rich schoolboy, chillin in his dad’s mansion, with never a care in life. You know the type, looks like Sam Prince from Made in Chelsea, best friends with everyone (before the whole Tiff Watson episode obvs). I don’t actually know any of this about him, it’s the vibe I get. He has an interesting rap style, full of sounds and cheek rather than vocal substance, but that makes his stuff catchy and playful. Whimsical even #Facepalm.
Thank god for Youtube, cause I’d currently be racking up one hell of a bill on downloading all this music (not that I won’t be doing that before I get to Poland, but I am TRYING to save right now….)
It got me thinking how amazing it is, that no matter the language, music is one of those things that really has no barriers. It doesn’t matter that you don’t understand the lyrics, it’s the emotion it stirs up inside you, the way it makes you feel and groove. The way it can change your mood in an instant. These artists have reeled me right in and I’m loving exploring all their tunes. Needless to say, it ended up being a long night last night, but in a really awesome way.
As I mentioned, these guys do loads of collabs, so it makes it really easy to get caught in Polish hiphop Youtube spirals all night long, checking out new artists.
Move over Kpop, there’s some new kids in town….