What better way to take in hip-hop’s many facets than in one of the world’s most diverse cities: Amsterdam.
In the 18 years since The Netherlands’ most popular hip-hop party started, Appelsap has blossomed into a major event, attracting stars from around the globe to play alongside some of the country’s formidable homegrown talent. As festivals have reached a near mind-numbing level of saturation, Appelsap continues to put together a line-up and experience that feels locally-flavoured and singular.
Dedication 3 by Lil Wayne. It’s more of a current project but one that I absolutely love. Before that there were loads of incredible Wayne tapes, but one of the most recent ones I like is this one. It was the one that really birthed Drake, too. I remember hearing it in 2008, my friend first got it off the internet and then on a CD so we’d just be cruising in the car to it.
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a very important album for me and one that’s inspired me from a young age. It paved the way for so many female artists and she created a whole legacy through that one album alone. I strive to be that great someday. I was a kid when I first heard it, I was watching the video for Everything is Everything on MTV; but honestly I still listen to that album on the daily.
The Blueprint by Jay-Z. It’s a perfect project. It’s fully synthesised, with no extra shit. Every song is necessary. That shit came out in 2001 so I was still kind of young. I probably heard all the singles at the time but then a few years later I got into Hov properly and went through all of his albums. This one really stood out: it was him at the pinnacle of his career, fully in his bag.
Project Baby 2 – Deluxe Edition by Kodak Black. It came out last year but it’s my favourite mixtape because it’s Kodak doing the best thing he does, laying sick verses with his unique flow on the hardest beats. I’m a Kodak ride or die fan and for me the whole sound of that tape is a masterpiece.