Bochum, Germany's MC Aphroe Will Have You Stuck in Heavy Traphik
Bochum, Germany doesn’t have too many claims to fame. In fact, let me check the numbers on that. Scratch that, Bochum has zero claims to fame, save for one guy with a microphone.
MC Aphroe has been a celebrated German rapper since the early 90s. Of course, that means that if you don’t speak German, you probably don’t listen to his stuff, but that doesn’t mean the guy’s eloquence is lost.
His clever and infectious flow is packed with references that any aficionado of English language hip hop would recognize. Take 2007’s “Svenology” as a shining example.
His lyrical ability has seen Aphroe’s name appear on dozens of releases and on stage opening for Public Enemy’s performance of Fear of a Black Planet in its entirety last year in nearby Ruhr.
Aphroe collaborated with Düsseldorf’s DJ Rafik on a 7″ single called “Heavy Traphik” that’s due out next month. Aphroe’s flow bounces over a beat built on unconventional percussion: a conga rhythm in lieu of a snare. You can hear the track below.