karpe diem

Norwegian duo Karpe Diem remain at the top of the Norwegian Nordic Chart for the third week in a row…

Another week of Nordic charts has revealed itself to us over at Trenda where, each Friday, we present an updated version of our Nordic Charts playlist on Spotify – and for the third week in a row, Norwegian hip-hop duo Karpe Diem remain at the head of their home-country’s Nordic chart with ‘Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din’.

‘Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din’ (‘Easy being a rebel in your basement flat’) was recently released along with two other songs, ‘Au pair’ and ‘Hvite menn som pusher 50’ (‘White men pushing 50’). Both of these tracks have been featured on Trenda: Nordic Charts and both ‘Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din’ and ‘Hvite menn som pusher 50’ were recommended by no other than Karpe Diem’s fellow country-men Nico & Vinz in the latest Nordic Playlist with the comment:

“‘Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din’ [is] such an amazing tune! Just a great song with a political message behind it. ‘Hvite menn som pusher 50’, which we also selected, is also among our favourites.”

– Nico & Vinz

The new tracks are taken from the upcoming album Heisann Montebello (Hello there, Montebello), ‘Montebello’ referring to the Oslo neighbourhood where the duo, consisting of Magdi Ytreeide Abdelmaguid and Chirag Rashmikant Patel, grew up. They debuted over ten years ago and have since been steadily expanding their following. The 2012 release Kors på halsen, ti kniver i hjertet, mor og far i døden earned the pair a prestigious Spellemannaprisen (Spellemann Award) for best pop.

So what’s the political part that Nico and Vinz refer to? Well, some of the titles speak for themselves, once translated. ‘Hvite menn som pusher 50’, the video of which features a cameo-appearance by Norwegian pop star Emilie Nicolas, deals with the duo’s relation to “irresponsible white men, pushing 50, who rule the world”. ‘Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din’ is in fact a message to Anders Anundsen, a member of the Norwegian Progress Party, and the lyrics actually include a reference to Nico & Vinz as well.

So far, the chart topping success of Karpe Diem only extends to Norway, but the stunning visuality of the music videos and the relevant song topics (‘plukker frukt i våre haver – du blir aldri skandinaver’), might well take the duo across the Norwegian borders…

Listen to Karpe Diem and other chart topping Nordic artists in the Trenda: Nordic Charts Playlist!