Give us your favourites in Irish rap?

There’s a great refrain in this one: “Move to Shannon if you’re really bored, nearly everyone’s parents are from the North...” (That really doesn’t rhyme in a Ulster accent… which may be one reason why most good Irish rappers, apparently, are from the deep south)… Courtesy of a great piece by Rachel English on the Finucane Show this morning…

If you know of better; why not link them below…

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  • RepublicanStones

    Irish rap Mick? Theres not a big pool to choose from is there?

    There was a cracker tune by Full Irish called 6 Dutch a few years ago on Youtube – but it seems they have removed it.,169423,170458

    Can’t find a working link.

    Of course if we were to expand it to include our ‘plastic’ brethren across the pond you could count the fat Bostonian better known as Slaine. And there is the part german, ex House of Pain, soon to rock Feile An Phobail, a certain Mr Everlast.

  • RepublicanStones

    Whats the story with pre-moderation even when you’re logged in?

  • Mick Fealty

    If you put more than one URL, it puts it on hold. It’s an anti spam measure. Try putting cork and freestyle rap into YouTube search… some great stuff just being done on the streets… it is strangely compelling… not least because of they are doing it in their own accents…

  • I think it happens automatically if you post more than one link per post. Don’t know whether that happens if you code the links instead (or if it is appreciated by the mods if you do).

  • Des Bishop does some rap stuff as part of his routine, include as Gaeilge , but he has the accent for it. Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire this weekend had a spoken word stage with some local rap. Don’t if technically it counts as fusion music.

  • The Shannon effort is good, really good – fair play to the lads an’ all that.

    However, this Newport Jay-Z/Alicia parody is nothing short of GREAT:

    So well written, so well shot – and all done, apparently for less than £100! Anbody up for doing one about Newcastle, County Down…?

  • JoeJoe

    I think Des Biship is the Árd Rí/High King of Irish Rap (even though he’s from New York) Below Des Bishop in Conamara/Connemara gaeltacht doing Hip hop rap ‘as gaeilge’ The song starts at 1.59, and this seems to be his first attempt at it to an audience. (Léim thart.. phonetic Layem Hart means ‘jump about’ in English)

  • Mick Fealty
  • Mick Fealty

    Alan Kelly rap:

  • PN

    Song for Willie O’Dea:

  • redhugh78

    ‘..doesn’t ryhme in a Ulster accent..’

    So Mick what exactly is an ‘Ulster’ accent?

    your partitionist mindset precedes you I think.

  • Christina Martin

    I used to see posters up round the Broadway roundabout for someone called Snoop Doggy Mickey Pat – but I don’t know ANYONE who ever actually saw or heard him…

  • Middlemarch

    I remember Des Bishop rapping. “Sinn Fein in the brain” instead of insane. T’was hilarious. The best Irish hip hop was probably Scary Eire. They kept it real in the Dole in the comments. Queue…!

  • Munsterview

    Not a great fan of the art form I do not mind saying.

    I have been to some of these performances, and that is what most of them are, performances without meaningful coherent content or memorable lines. Ten or fifteen minutes after a rant there is probably only a line or two left in mind even if that.

    I have heard several of these individual rappers in different venues and very often it is just a string of chanted/shouted words that keep changing from place to place, as it is a stream of verbosity rather than a coherent verse or lyric. Do not do it for me I am afraid!

  • Mick Fealty

    Oh Hugh, you are a one… that’ll be why I’ve posted on Munster rappers then?

  • Check out “Wile Man Loose” on YouTube. A Derry head with a few lines if it taks his fancy….

  • Kevin Barry

    That was hilarious and true; everyone’s parents are from the North and that shop in Cronan, where I used to live, does sell 4 year old lollies

  • meh

    Captain Moonlight ftw!

  • Belfast Rappers…..

    (click on the link below the photo to hear it)

    Linton Kwesi Johnson is the main man when it comes to spoken word performance. Clever and rhythmic not just about bling ho’s and driveby shootings.

  • circles

    Can’t believe nobody has posted this. Dundalk’s greatest:

  • Mick Fealty

    Very good…

  • Rory Carr

    Was this fellow the first rapper in these islands?

    Hardly when Ireland can boast Brian Mac Giolla Meidhre (Brian Merriman) and Cúirt An Mheán Oíche (The Midnight Court) and before that that Armagh fellow:

    but old Alfred might be first rapper on (if not of) record. Which might in itself be some (other) form of record.

  • Rory Carr

    It says:
    “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

    Oh dear! I do hope that it is not too immoderate, if indeed it is possible to be immoderate in the medium of rap. I was of the impression than moderation was its very antithesis, but what would I know?

  • Mick Fealty

    The settings stop any post with more than one URL in it… It’s a backstop for comment spam…

  • Graham
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  • Crazyrange

    Bit of self promotion going on here? Biffo raps off with Bertie…