Rap and hip hop have grown a lot, and since the early 90s, rap has not only just grown, but it's moved into other cultures. Rap is now a very big part of global culture, countries like Japan and China both have hip hop groups and a following of the culture. Rap is an universal language, which won't be shut out as we can see here. Rappers like Sian Supa Crew are in full flow, and the return of IAM was very very much welcome. Sweeden's offerings, Petter and Feven have great skills, and put some great flows on this RZA release.
It's not only France and Sweeden who "represent" well on here, Germany's Xavier Naidoo has a lot to offer. He brings along Debroah Cox, normally an R&B artist. The track is memorable.
UK isn't forgotten here either - the crew Bronz`n`Blak and the infamous Blade. For me, they were not as strong as the French rappers.
Italy and Norway's offerings were pretty good, it's nice to hear music from countries you didn't know rapped. Diaz and Frankie Hi NRG are both striking artists.
Looking over the album, you have to wonder where is everyone else? This to me sounds like Europe According to RZA, I would have loved to hear raps from Japan, Korea, Austrailia and Fiji. Would have made an interesting album. Maybe a CD for each continent would have been cool.
Otherwise, I really can't find anything to complain about this album, it's top class and I salute RZA for including rappers outside the US and UK, and I think it's cool that he enjoys raps from other countries. Must say this is one of the most exciting projects in my opinion. I have been waiting for a rapper to do this for a long time. All I can say is this is great, if you like rap and have a broad music taste, listen to this, you won't be disapointed.