Groningen rapper Kraantje Pappie’s latest number “Lil Craney” is currently ranked number 9 in the Dutch radio top 40. The song is an ode to the city of Groningen.
In the song, Kraantje Pappie sings about what it’s like to come home to the city after being on tour. “I’m happy to live here because of the people, the peace and the northern vibes. You can enjoy really being in a city, but as soon as you’re outside of the canal ring, it’s nice and quiet.”
According to Dagblad van het Noorden, Marketing Groningen thinks the song would be perfect for a new campaign. “It’s a happy song that gets stuck in your head and it’s fun to sing along with that seems likely to become a big summer song. It’s a modern ode to Groningen”, says Annebel Nillissen from Marketing Groningen.
New Groningen anthem
The rapper says he is honoured to hear the song described as a new Groningen anthem alongside the likes of the actual provincial anthem and student favourite “Het gras van het Noorderplantsoen”. “Those songs have been iconic for so long. And my goal with this song was just to describe what I get up to when I’m back in town.”
Pintelier, Shooters, Mofongo
Kraantje Pappie’s ideal day in the city includes cruising down the Boterdiep, stopping by Beijum and the Grote Markt. Local bars De Pintelier, Shooters and Mofongo get special shout outs in the song, too. The rapper says that the song is his biggest solo hit so far.
Kraantje Pappie, whose birth name is Alex van der Zouwen, was born in 1986 in Rotterdam and moved to Zuidlaren when he was 12. Since 2005, he has been living and working in the city of Groningen.
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