Italy has a large following and appreciation of the hip-hop and rap genre. Italian artists including Fabri Fibra and Laïoung showcase the mix of old and new flavor to the music scene in Italy. Fibra, who brings more of a ’90s rap flow, can be considered one of the first major rappers in the country to gain popularity. Laïoung is an up-and-coming rap group whose trap beats are closely related to that of Migos and Future.
Rome in particular is home to a number of venues that have house genres including hip-hop, rap, trap, reggaeton, afrobeats, and dancehall. Akab, Qube, Via Libetta, Touch the Wood, Black Garden, and Bosco della Fragola all host major events (regularly featuring famous artists and guest DJs) on various nights during various seasons so you can get your fix of strong bass and rhythm.
Based on my experience, be ready to have your music and lyrical knowledge tested, particularly in international and American music, by local Italian teens and young adults once the ice is broken! Hip-hop was my way of connecting with the Italian community outside of John Cabot University and better understanding Italian youth culture and everyday life, while making a few friends along the way.
Class of 2015
International Affairs major
Hometown: Washington, D.C.