Rap near the knuckle: Kneecap and the new sound of Irish hip-hop

Rapping about the economy, drugs, sex and politics, Irish hip hop acts such as Kneecap and Versatile combine strong language with comedic flair – which has won them fans, but can also put them at odds with the mainstream

15th March, 2020
Rap near the knuckle: Kneecap and the new sound of Irish hip-hop
Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap and DJ Provaí of Belfast hip hop group Kneecap, who write songs that would make a conservative politician’s hair stand on end

"We'll do what we want. If it's not for you, go listen to Ed Sheeran."

Over a crackling phone line, a man called Mo Chara lets out an enormous roar of laughter. The next words he says are unprintable in a family paper, except to tell you that his sentence begins with “you dopey” and ends with “-unts”. “There's your headline!” Mo Chara crows triumphantly. Well, it might have been, if the Business Post could...

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