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    K'naan

    Years active: 2001 - present Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

    K'naan was born in Somalia but moved to Canada as a teenager. His roots play a powerful role in shaping his message and his perspective, and even though he saw massive international success with tracks like "Wavin' Flag"—which became the official theme song to the 2010 FIFA World Cup—he's voiced his desire to stay true to himself as an artist in this convincing open letter. Also a musician capable of crafting songs that stretch beyond rap, K'naan is one of the most engaging, talented, and versatile hip-hop artists to come out of Canada in the past decade.