“I don’t care about a legacy. For such a long time I’ve not been sure I wanted to have one. It’s a bit of an interesting egotistical thing that happens on earth. So if I ever leave any form of a legacy it would be as simple as someone saying, “he’s done more good here than bad.”
“A lot of times, I would hear a phrase and take it apart and ask myself, “Okay, why is the artist saying this?” It forced me to read and study the English language because there were metaphors and other sayings that I just didn’t understand and it really helped me." says K’Naan.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, K’naan spent his childhood in the district of Wardhiigleey (“The Lake of Blood”) during the Somali Civil War, which K’naan’s name means “traveler” in the Somali language. He and his parents fled to New York City and moved to Harlem before settling in Canada.
K’Naan found himself in a war of words with fellow Canadian rapper K-Os. Although the rap battle never gained national recognition, K’Naan proved he was quick-witted with an ammunition of lethal eight bars.