Somalia: Rap about war on Somali rapper: “K'Naan: Rapping about war” ” K'Naan's own story is more remarkable than most, involving a harrowing odyssey that would see him exiled from his war-torn country before living in New York's Harlem district and eventually settling Toronto. Having grown up in an artistic family within the dangerous Somalian capital of Mogadishu, K'Naan Warsame (his first name means “traveller”) could liken his ghetto credentials to those of 50 Cent. He fired his first gun at eight and witnessed his three best friends shot when he was 11. His older brother was incarcerated after blowing up a federal building. He managed to escape a firing squad thanks to his aunt, a famous singer in East Africa.”

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