WHO MADE IT: Like a bunch of other Burundian musicians of his generation, K Muco was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania while the Civil War ravaged his homeland. He was relocated to the US and grew up there, but has been returning to Burundi for inspiration, as well as to become a part of the country’s emergence from the ashes. He’s the only one in the bunch to mostly rap in English, which none the less doesn’t detract from a sense of liminality in his music. K Muco doesn’t know exactly where he belongs, like many people of his age, and creates a sense of belonging through his music.
WHY YOU NEED TO LISTEN: “You got the sauce, I got the fufu.” If like me, you think that Faiz’s “This Is Nigeria” was just as good as the Childish Gambino original, you’ll love “Cassava.” It’s a rich, delicious track about one of Africa’s most revered and ubiquitous staple foods, and it’s simultaneously trippy, funny, and a perfect reflection on one’s heritage. Also, it’s an ideal contender for a universal third culture African kid hymn. K Muco’s trap music is that of someone who parties hard and then gets down and dirty with realness by day, and that’s how the best of them roll.