The Dusty Foot Philosopher

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The Dusty Foot Philosopher
Studio album by K'naan
Released June 7, 2005
Recorded 2002–2005
Genre Canadian hip hop, folk
Length 64:00
Label BMG
Producer Track & Field
K'naan chronology
My Life Is a Movie
(2004)
The Dusty Foot Philosopher
(2005)
The Dusty Foot on the Road
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Okayplayer 84/100[3]
Spin 4/5 stars[4]
The Observer 4/5 stars[5]
NOW Magazine 4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]
RapReviews 8/10 stars[8]

The Dusty Foot Philosopher is the first studio album by Somali-Canadian rapper K'naan after releasing a mixtape, published by BMG Music on June 7, 2005 in Canada and June 23, 2005 in the United States.

Awards[edit]

The album won the Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2006, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize. He also was nominated for an mtvU award for most downloads of his song, "Soobax". The album was also included in The Guardian's November 2007 list of 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.[9]

Soundtracks[edit]

"In the Beginning" is part of the soundtrack of the 2008 comedy Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. This song also gives the title for episode 7 of the fifth season of True Blood, appearing in the closing credits of said episode. "Soobax" was also featured on the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 06.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wash It Down" – 2:16
  2. "Soobax" – 3:42
  3. "What's Hardcore?" – 3:36
  4. "My Old Home" – 3:06
  5. "Moment (Interlude)" – 0:10
  6. "I Was Stabbed By Satan" – 3:52
  7. "My God (Interlude)" – 0:22
  8. "Smile" – 4:03
  9. "If Rap Gets Jealous" – 4:18
  10. "The Dusty Foot Philosopher" – 3:56
  11. "Strugglin'" – 3:34
  12. "In the Beginning" – 3:21
  13. "Hoobaale" – 5:05
  14. "The African Way" (featuring Mwafrika) – 4:21
  15. "Voices in My Head" – 4:00
  16. "Boxing My Shadow" – 4:29
  17. "For Mohamoud (Soviet)" – 0:32
  18. "Until the Lion Learns to Speak" – 2:28
  19. "Blues for the Horn" - 5:59
  20. "'Til We Get There" (with M-1 featuring Stori James) - 4:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ Okayplayer review
  4. ^ Spin (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[He fills] his desperate tales with warm, hooky melodies, African percussion, clever pop-culture references, and a surprising dose of humor."
  5. ^ Gillett, Charlie (February 19, 2006). "K'Naan, The Dusty Foot Philosopher". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ NOW review
  7. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/knaan-the-dusty-foot-philosopher
  8. ^ RapReviews review
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (2007-11-17). "1000 albums to hear before you die | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-14.