The Dusty Foot Philosopher

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The Dusty Foot Philosopher
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 7, 2005
GenreAfrican hip hop, folk
ProducerTrack & Field
K'naan chronology
My Life Is a Movie
The Dusty Foot Philosopher
The Dusty Foot on the Road
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA[2]
Spin4/5 stars[4]
The Observer4/5 stars[5]
NOW Magazine4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars[7]
RapReviews8/10 stars[8]

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


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". In November 2007, the album was included in The Guardian's list of 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.[9]


"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 the episode. "Soobax" was used on the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 06.

Track listing[edit]

1."Wash It Down"2:16
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
9."If Rap Gets Jealous"4:18
10."The Dusty Foot Philosopher"3:56
12."In the Beginning"3:21
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


  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. ^
  8. ^ RapReviews review
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (November 17, 2007). "1000 albums to hear before you die". The Guardian. London. Retrieved February 14, 2012.