5 Emerging Swedish Rappers Getting Popular

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Z.E

Yosef, Z.E, wrote his first album in prison — but has tired of the gangster stamp being pasted on rappers like him.
He has gone from crime to artist of the year at the Grammisgalan.
- We are doing something bigger than us, we are putting people to work. We are doing so that people can eat and feel good here, says 24-year-old Z.E.
Z.E addresses the criticism of violence: “We only show our reality”

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Alex Ceesay

In October, the news spread that a ‘successful Swedish artist’ was wanted. The reason was for a murder that occurred in Knivsta where a man was found dead — shot in the head.

The news spread quickly in Sweden and police described the 27-year-old artist as dangerous and potentially armed. The artist had previously been sentenced to imprisonment for several serious crimes, for example. abuse and drug offenses. In search of the artist, various journalists contacted the artist’s collaborators, who said that the artist is innocent of his crime. During the flight from the police, the artist updated his Instagram with b.la. a picture that scorned the police. On November 6, the artist was arrested with several people suspected of being involved in the murder.

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Cherrie

Shiriihan Mohamed Abdulle, born 16 June 1991 in Oslo, Norway, is a Swedish rapper of Somali descent best known under her artist name Cherrie. She has released three albums and mixtapes, collaborated with international artists such as Stormzy and Kehlani, and in 2019 a short film was released about her life and rise to stardom. Cherrie was raised in Lojo in Finland, where her parents fled from Somalia. At the age of 10 she and her brother moved to Rinkeby in Stockholm together with their mother.

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Dree Low

Salah Abdi Abdulle (born September 17, 1994) known by the stage name Dree Low or just Dree is a Swedish rapper of Somali origin. He lives in Husby in western Stockholm. He broke through in 2019 with his albums No hasta mañana and Flawless. In September 2019, Flawless topped the Swedish Albums Chart and his single “Pippi” topped the Swedish Singles Chart. He has collaborations with a number of Swedish rappers; Adel, 1.Cuz, Einár amongst many.

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Near Dogg

Mohammad Hammoud (born February 12, 1997), known professionally as ‘’NearDogg Beats’’, He begstarted with music at 2008 until now as (Music Producer / Beat Maker) originally comes from Syria. Near Dogg has decided to start a new journey as a Swedish rapper at 2020. He represents in his music his region in which he lives, Kronoparken east Karlstad, Sweden. He provides original Hiphop Hip Hop — instrument for artists (real underground / hardcore beats) {Professional / HQ}.

Written by

Dr Mattias Lundberg, Research Fellow, Department of Musicology, University of Uppsala, Sweden and Head of Rare Collections and RISM, Swedish National

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