Norwegian Hip-Hop - 2004


"Around the millennium, largely due to the (musical) progression in
the US and Sweden, there was a wave of Norwegian-language rap
that was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful."

- Norwegian dictionary -


It's a strange thing looking back at your past.
The number 2004 doesn't really mean anything to me, it's just a number. Like 2007 or 2012. There's something puzzling about the new millennium that has seeped into our collective consciousness. Example: American Graffiti is a movie made in the 70's about the innocence of the 60's. Or GTA: Vice City, a video game from '02 about the mafia lifestyle of the neon 80's. Yet, when it comes to anything after 2001 it doesn't really stand out for most of us. Movies like the Social Network might be a major exception in dealing with the feel of a decade, but I think you get my drift.
The last 16 years feel like one big mess that we could simply label "The Internet era". It's therefore interesting to look back and realise how much  time has past, how so much really has changed.

There was once a thriving hip-hop scene in the small town of Larvik. 200 to 300 people would regularly attend the organised "jams" in the area, to the point where it would attract big underground acts from the US. CD's were still being sold back then, and local rappers would print up their albums and sell it personally to attendees or in the middle of the street if you happened to meet them. Times have changed and it's hard to tell just who of us is on stage and who is in the crowd anymore, and maybe that's a good thing. But I digress. Let's have a look at the Norwegian Hip-Hop scene in 2004. Well over a decade ago.





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