Editors’ Notes With his first-hand experience of civil war, the Somali-born rapper's unflinching lyrics put many of his US rap peers to shame. But while his childhood has provided ample grist for his conscious hip-hop, there's more to him than protest music. By turns funny, insightful and provocative—and with an expressive flow that some have compared to Eminem—explore the MC's unique vision with this playlist.

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