Before I start this article, I wanna give a shout-out to all my peeps in Oslo and all my homies keepin’ it real in Arendal. Reprazent!
Norwegians are sometimes accused of being whitebread and dull, but I’ve got news for you, buddy: We’re pretty darn cool!
This is a hip-hop nation. In fact, I’ll argue that Norway is the second hippety-hoppiest country in the world after you guys.
Would our royal family be dancing with Wyclef if they were whitebread and dull? I don’t think so!
Dancing to hip-hop clearly comes natural to them. Not a blip goes off on my Awkwardness Meter.
We suffer no shortage of talented MCs, either:
Myself, I’m very much into hip-hop and B-boy culture. This is a piece of graffiti I made yesterday:
Just this summer I attended a Snoop Dogg concert at the Hove festival outside my little hometown of Arendal, and it was the shiznit! It could’ve ended up in disaster, though; During the concert, I suddenly to my dismay realized that I was wearing a red sweater to a Crip concert. Awkward!
Fortunately, Mr. Dogg didn’t notice my embarassing faux pas, and me and my friends enjoyed the rest of the concert while pulling cool hip-hop poses:
This is my friend Morten and me at the Snoop Dogg show being anything but whitebread and dull. Morten is doing a so-called “gang sign” with his fingers. This one supposedly means “Westside,” whatever that is. We’re pretty tough.
Only minutes after the picture was taken, Morten had to be carried off to the medic tent due to a severe asthma attack. He recovered nicely, but had to stay indoors for the rest of the summer. Just another day in the life of a gangsta.
I pour one out for you, homie.
Speaking of Crips: We have them in Norway, too. They’re a bunch of friends from Singsaker outside of Trondheim who like to hang out together after school. They be frontin’.
All this is well and good, you say. But do Norwegians even have soul? According to Janice Harrington, we do: