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15 Rap Songs Influenced By Middle Eastern And Southeast Asian Music


The word “exotic” is a huge misnomer sometimes, but it’s probably the only word you can possibly use to describe the sound of hip-hop mixed with a hint of some dholki or bansuri. Those are Indian instruments in case you didn’t know, but adding those sounds along with the multi-linguistics of Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, etc. bring a certain something to the often hard-hitting basslines found within rap music.

We’ve collected some of the best thus far, from features to samples. So break out your Google Translate and check out our picks. –KI

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