How To Rap In Three Languages

August 29, 2007

You should put your headphones on for this one. An international cypher with freestyle champions from London (Stig), Paris (Warlock), Berlin (Jago) and New York (Big Zoo and Vice Verses). A bit of behind the scenes footage from my radio show. This cypher actually went on for 20 minutes or so, if you guys enjoy maybe I'll post a longer clip.

Who do you think rocked the best, NY, Berlin, Paris or London?

UPDATE: Here's an extra bonus clip from the session:

Posted by jsmooth995 at August 29, 2007 5:59 AM

that kicked ass.. I think the german was the best

Posted by: Bob at August 29, 2007 3:28 AM

hi this is jay smooth testing the comments section

Posted by: jay smooth at August 29, 2007 6:02 PM

i love this kind of stuff. even though you might not understand all of the words, when it rhymes, THAT part we can catch. but I don't know, they were all strong but i think I'll give it

Posted by: big charles at August 29, 2007 6:44 PM

Jay, drop the full 20 minutes on us. This shit is killer, can I get full album please?

Posted by: Austin Walker at August 29, 2007 6:55 PM

P.S. Recently over at there was a post asking the readers what their dream-team supergroup would be. I think I may have to go back and just post this.

Posted by: Austin Walker at August 29, 2007 6:56 PM

London totally killed it Jay. What can you tell me about Stig?

Posted by: Austin Walker at August 29, 2007 7:25 PM

i wonder what kind of comments this will get over at

Posted by: Anonymous at August 29, 2007 9:42 PM

that was dylon B, throw up the full 20.

Posted by: coqui at August 29, 2007 11:40 PM

good fucking God, just listened to the second clip. that german cat killed it, buried it, raised it from the dead, and killed it all over again.

Posted by: coqui at August 29, 2007 11:49 PM

Note to self: learn some more langauges

Jay .. YOU GOTTA Drop the full 20. I ain't heard a worthy cypher in ages, cause cats all about getting dough.

Posted by: Belve at August 30, 2007 12:56 AM

This makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Funny feeling...

Posted by: dot ess ee at August 30, 2007 4:20 AM

its a realy good initiative, im french and i ever seen the french rapper but i can tell to you it was improvisation

great freestyle for all its realy good and give a "sens" ( im french sorry for the ugly english spoken XD ) to peace love and unity

Posted by: Paris'iens at August 30, 2007 8:15 AM

That cypher was phenomenal. All the MC's were spitting that CRACK...but I'm partial to Warlock from France. His voice and flow are CRAAAAAAZY!

Posted by: ZOOmatic at August 30, 2007 12:09 PM


That was sweet J! I miss this dearly, there's not enough true freestylers getting exposed...that was hot. I love French and I wish I could understand what he was saying...I know French rapping takes it to a whole other level (with the word play n all) and it looked like freestyling was like a stroll in the park for Warlock. The German cat also sounded mad talented too. From those I understood - Stig's verses were the best.

PLEASE POST UP THE FULL 20 (and an mp3 download link if possible please).

Posted by: Gezzius Christ at August 30, 2007 1:27 PM

sick...thats wussup, love to see that real hip hop. they say hip hop is dying....cant tell me that when theyre droppin jewels like this! next level -eeee-ooooo---dubbbbbb!!!

Posted by: kid coze at August 30, 2007 2:36 PM

who is tha fat dude? he was ILL

Posted by: Anonymous at August 30, 2007 8:15 PM

damn jay this is a treat and a half for me. you prolly dont remember but I called up BAI in 2001 talked to g-man about you guys having one hour of the underground r/r all about "int'l hiphop" and g-man said on the air it was gonna happen soon. this is worth the wait and yeah you be doin us all a favor in dropping the full 20. and in my humble, i think the cat from france, warlock killed it.

Posted by: Jay B at August 30, 2007 10:16 PM

It's big Stig. Go on Stuigasaurus. Great freestyles all round. Great video. Propper Hip Hop.

Posted by: DiSsYy at August 31, 2007 4:10 AM

P.S. What is the beat on the second Video??? Thanks

Posted by: DiSsYy at August 31, 2007 4:14 AM

All i can say is WOW!!!! THAT WAS FANOMINAL!! I am from South Africa where we jsut had our Hiphop indaba this pass weekend, but i havent heard anyhting so elequently lyrical.....some good stufff.

Posted by: Gerzell at August 31, 2007 8:06 AM

yehh...ill footage; big up Stevie Dickhead aka Stig Of The glad you dudes in the US got to see some credible a UK rapper!..

more info on him here

once again..props for the footage!.


Posted by: kosyne at August 31, 2007 8:30 AM

Mad Props from Australia, big fan of your work.
that bill o reilly vid was the truth!

Posted by: Sweat at August 31, 2007 8:54 AM


Posted by: bill c. at August 31, 2007 10:26 AM

Big up (Newcastle not London) stiggy

Posted by: jame s at August 31, 2007 11:12 AM

What a great feeling watching this gave me. Thanks for putting this up, it renews my faith in hip-hop as a movement, hip-hop as a global revolution.

Posted by: Steve Woolf at August 31, 2007 2:52 PM

Holy shite! That was so freakin' good!!! :D

Posted by: Zadi at August 31, 2007 5:04 PM

How do I feel?

Fresh. I feel very fresh after watching that.

Posted by: Chuck Olsen at August 31, 2007 5:52 PM

you got 20 minutes of this?!!!!

give it up!

Posted by: pfm at August 31, 2007 6:58 PM

Wow now that was straight fire, real hip hop!

Posted by: EST at September 1, 2007 9:24 AM

That was sick... The French hits close to home, but Stig tore it up in the first clip.

Posted by: CT Moore at September 1, 2007 1:36 PM

Wow. Big up EOW for putting this together. They have been holding down hip-hop for years in NY.

Posted by: Althea at September 1, 2007 3:41 PM

This is the best multilingual flow that I have ever heard. Le Flow, where commercial artists were brought together to do something similar, doesn't even come close to what these guys did. You have got to post the full 20 min and send the mp3 out. These guys came together like pb'n'j. Keep this up!

Posted by: eliehao at September 2, 2007 5:11 AM

Stevie killed it...good to see UK gettin the exposure. Everyone else merked it - a great showpiece for hip hop!

Posted by: Freud at September 2, 2007 7:19 AM

As the lucky guy who can speak all three languages I have to say that that mate Stig from UK is the lyrical king on this one!



Posted by: swoop at September 2, 2007 4:17 PM

He may live in London but Stig comes from the best city in the UK - big up geordie hip hop

Posted by: Jonny Ryall at September 3, 2007 7:51 AM

Big experience

Next time we come with UK, USA, Germany, France, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Africa, Australia, Holland & Spain... ; )

Check out the E O DUB UK

Posted by: Snuff at September 3, 2007 8:41 AM

Buddy from France went in...

Posted by: CRUNKITE at September 3, 2007 5:25 PM

oh my god that was too good i couldnt listen to the whole thing.. ill be back tomorrow to finish listening

Posted by: colin at September 3, 2007 10:36 PM

Yo that cypher was sick man!!!!! Big props 4 getting that together!!!! Stig DEFINATELY took that one in my eyes pure genius!!!!!! Big up Stiggy Smalls man!!!!!!! CHECK THIS SHIT

Posted by: The Great Regime at September 4, 2007 7:06 AM

Man, we gotta see the full version of this!

Posted by: Keveh at September 7, 2007 5:56 AM

that was crazy shit.The best was NY.Vice Virses.
Give us full version.

Posted by: mirca king at September 7, 2007 6:38 PM

Very good rap.NYC 4 ever.Vice virses and Jago were the best.I love rap and it's never going to die. K I N G .

Posted by: K I N G at September 7, 2007 7:03 PM

i was diggin this, but it is very hard to find quality german hiphop. I've gotta give him much respekt but his rhymes were a bit tired. remember..."steig in den wagen, zeig mir die strassen, gangstaville wir rasen.."

Posted by: Johnnymo at September 8, 2007 1:28 AM

yo please post up the rest of this!!!!!! this was mad ill

Posted by: jose at September 10, 2007 8:38 PM

that's great. really amazing.

Posted by: phil at September 15, 2007 5:44 AM

check mout my page i spit in english and french!!!

Posted by: Sickman Freud at September 17, 2007 6:58 PM

you need to check stig's written ish its ridiculous..

Posted by: Anonymous at September 19, 2007 4:42 PM

Yea yea, E-O-DUb, holding it down as usual. Just wanted to update cats and let everybody know EOW BRAZIL launched about three months ago and EOW ARGENTINA is set to lauch this saturday with their first Mc Challenge.....EOW Latin America baby, here we come!!! I'll be going down there in december to represent as EOW BRAZIL expands from headquarters in Porto Allegre to Curitiba (with Sao Paulo on the brink of joining the Dub) Yo Jay-Smooth, you gotta run another one of these cyphas with the E-O-Dub brothers from south of the border getting their freestyle on, can we have an intercontinental show, let's get crazy, lol........ And oh yeah, please do us all a favor and post up the full 20 minute session.....over and out

Dj Guevara

Posted by: Guevara at September 24, 2007 4:59 AM

I'm sorry. This ish was Flames....damn. Unbelievable.

Posted by: RedgyDazz at September 25, 2007 9:31 PM

i speak all three languages, and i have to tell you
that german cat was not the best at all,
his rhymes were the same we kicked in kindergarden
that french dude is ill though

Posted by: carl at October 3, 2007 9:59 AM

Jago killed it, but he's my boy, so of course I'd side with him.

Posted by: MJ at October 7, 2007 9:57 AM

As a French myself , I can tell that the French guy is ridiculous , his rhymes are poor , the meaning is ridiculous , no style...

Posted by: Bruce "Bee One" at October 16, 2007 11:51 AM

All I can say is GOD DAMN! We're requesting the full 20 from out here in the Pac NW

maybe you could get some closed captioning for us non-linguals.

Posted by: fluid at October 27, 2007 2:58 AM

this was awesome i'm from the uk so i enjoyed styig but in all fairness i think warlock was the best emcee there.

Posted by: s-dub at October 30, 2007 9:32 AM

awesome that was shit hot.

warlock was had the best flow, but stig had some of the best rhymes.

big up uk hip hop

Posted by: s-dub at October 30, 2007 9:34 AM

NYC baby. the hosts were the hotness.

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Posted by: curtis at November 19, 2007 6:05 AM

DAM DIS SHIT IST "GUT", ZER "GUT".man, send me the whole shit.

Posted by: Albo at December 9, 2007 5:41 AM


Posted by: Anonymous at December 14, 2007 5:34 PM

neyw york

Posted by: vvbnn at December 30, 2007 9:06 AM


Posted by: MC NORTHSTARR at January 15, 2008 12:24 PM

hey im white and i rapped for 3 years and i want to become better. can you give me some tips to become better.

Posted by: Vincent Schaeffer at January 29, 2008 1:45 PM


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Posted by: ibmcs at March 5, 2008 10:27 AM

Fuck tha haters this shit is awsome, they all good in their own ways. The only one i didnt understand wuz german, but i still think it kicks ass, anyway, this ones a 10/10**********

Posted by: MC SQUARE at March 12, 2008 11:46 PM

I must unfortunatly agree with the other french people here and call out the french rapper as the worst in the cypher. He didn't say anything and his rhymes didn't seem freestyled. No substance at all.

Posted by: dame13 at March 27, 2008 2:42 PM

oh my god...i got goosebumps mayne...this is HIP-HOP! for really deally...

the german cat wasnt that good trust me i speak all three languages represented..
zoo and vice were killing it.

and the french guy was maghreb 4 sure..his french had arabic influence..

want the whole 20 brother"

Posted by: joe at April 10, 2008 6:53 AM

Where can i get these beats?

Posted by: Vlad at April 12, 2008 6:47 AM

I gotta say London.
Partly b/c I don't speak French or German.

But I love the UK the way they can play with rhyme due to the accent will catch a U.S. off guard every time.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 27, 2008 8:29 PM

It's actually four languages, Warlock is rapping in French and Arabic (N. Africa)

Posted by: Tony Benbrahim at May 22, 2008 2:12 AM

those dudes are alll wicked.
big up to jay

Posted by: nana at June 3, 2008 8:12 AM

hey where is big zoo on the internet . all i can find is this and Positive Balance, the collab with immortal technique

Posted by: Vigani at July 24, 2008 4:24 PM

Why I watch How To Rap In Three Languages (parts one and two) again and again:

1) The way Berlin rapper Jago saunters in with his knapsack and wire-rimmed glasses as if arriving at a university lecture.

2) Jago's boy-next-door smile which is incongruous with his "tiddy" and "excrement" lyrics.

3) The occasional yelps, whoops and cackles peppered throughout the raps.

4) The way NY rapper Big Zoo acts as taskmaster / den mother for the group.

5) Brit rapper Stig's brazen lyric, "Take a bite out of a Big Apple and dispose of the core," in a NY studio, which came off.

6) NY rapper Vice Verses hyperactive, restless energy contrasted against fellow NY rapper Big Zoo's avuncular style.

7) The camaraderie between rappers, which gives me goosebumps; it's infectious.

I could go on and on and on like hot-buttered popcorn.

Posted by: DMc at August 2, 2008 2:07 PM

Top quality. Stig was clever. Warlock came hard. I don't speak German, and the NY guys seemed more about hosting and having a good time with their guests.

I like to listen to a lot of international stuff (French, British, Cuban, Spanish, Canadian, Quebecois, Haitian, etc.) so this was a fun session to listen to.

Posted by: Luis at August 29, 2008 5:45 PM

That was friggn sweet!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous at August 31, 2008 9:14 PM

well i also speak almost all three lang. and i think ZOO was rockin it

and the german guy jago only kicked old fashioned empty phrases ... no offense (hauste rein jago!)

Posted by: tIRIE at September 18, 2008 8:25 PM

Man I just stumbled on this clip and it's crazy! Did Jay ever drop the full 20 minutes? If so I gotta have it, this clip was amazing!

Posted by: Matt at May 5, 2009 4:56 PM

That's crazy, dudes are going in! Dope to be able to dig a guy's style even when you don't understand what he's saying, I guess that's the power of music and Hip-Hop though. One.

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Posted by: Anonymous at July 25, 2009 10:34 PM

in what ever language they rap! .......always rap desurves to be fucking heard. man!!!!

Posted by: the-sniper at August 26, 2009 1:13 PM

Please let us at the whole 20 mins!!!

This has now hit legendary status!!

"This is freestyle, thats 8 instead of 4 so i've gotta think of twice as many metaphors"

Need that extra 20 mins!! every min of stig/stevie rhymes are just original and so fresh!

Stop holding out ya bugga!!

Posted by: CountryBumpkin at November 22, 2009 7:23 AM

so jay, were you kidding about posting the whole thing, or are you just waiting the requisite 3 years??

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great shit!

id fuckin LOVE to see the whole 20min video! pls upload it :)

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