To be honest, I don't really know many global hip hop artists, I am still learning a lot about American hip hop! I would say I am most familiar with M.I.A, I first started listening to her music after the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" came out. I had heard of her before that, because I had a teacher who had her poster on the wall in his classroom and a few friends who liked her a lot as well. As many other people did, I saw the movie and heard the soundtrack and really liked it. M.I.A had a few songs on the soundtrack and after listening to those I was hooked. For a while, her albums were in pretty heavy rotation on my ipod. Aside from M.I.A, I really have no other connection to hip hop anywhere else in the world. Last week in class, my table brought up the quote from Osumare's article where he quotes the british rapper Kerosene, who talks about the idea that when Americans think of England, they think of the Queen and the royalty, tea and crumpets but not about the struggles and the realties of the people who are marginalized just like here in the United States. This prompted me to look up some hip hop artists in London and other places in the U.K. I found some artists such as Klashnekoff, Akala, and the Poisonous Poets. I also found the rapper Lowkey, who is also a political activist. His songs are very conscious and focus on the injustices of war, gentrification and racism.