One would never think that the predominantly black urban movement that is Hip Hop, would entrench its influence in a place like Scandinavia. This is not meant in any condescending way, but Scandinavia isn’t quite known to have a huge black population. Well, thanks to the MTV revolution, because of its expansion throughout the Hip Hop culture was able to spread to the most unlikely parts of the world – Whether or not that MTV’s success was on the back end of Hip Hop’s momentum or vice versa, is another debate altogether.
To zone in more closely into that part of the world, Sweden is home to mega pop acts like ABBA and Roxette. This is also where Martin Funkhouser hails from and he bears evidence that Hip Hop is in a healthy state of existence out there. The SpotRunnaz were once a prominent fixture in his part of the world, they embodied that boom bap style and the “catch me if you can” tag team style of rapping. Another Hip Hop crew called Looptroop Rockers are also highly lauded lyricists in many Hip Hop circles, whereas they had a more alternative style of music. The Looptroop Rockers also happen to be from the very same town as Martin Funkhouser of Vasteras.
Martin Funkhouser is a Hip Hop producer, with more of the old school style influenced by the golden ages of Hip Hop and Boom-Bap. He just recently released his EP called the Martin Funkhouser EP. We spoke to him about his origins and formative years, his debut EP and his overall perspective of the music game. Martin gave his thoughts on a number of things.