When listening to some of the tracks on the African Hip Hop EP The Big Rae, you might think you found a lost mixtape from the 90′s New York Hip Hop scene. A sound not typically associated with Nigerian Hip Hop, The Big Rae holds a production style where influences such as DJ Premeire, Pete Rock, and the Large Professor (just to name a few) are evident. The rhymes are inspired by artists from Native Tongues, to Saul Williams to Yasiin Bey/Mos Def. Allow us to introduce you to the man behind the rhymes, Mister Rae (AKA Rae Diaspora). Mister Rae dropped his EP The Brand New Masqueradeearly 2011, and is now back with his collaborative project, The Big Rae, with producer Bigfoot. Mister Rae was gracious to talk with us about the origin of his name, the ties between hip hop and literature, and the positive effects of globalization concerning African Hip Hop. With all that discussion in the mix, he even talks to us about travel! We love it! Join us for Part 2 of this interview where Mister Rae and I get into some choice tracks off the EP The Big Rae.
By Roxanne L. Scott
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