Like a bolt from the blue, a new musical genre stormed the Dutch charts in the last decade. Nederhop — Dutch hip-hop — had been around since the late 80s/early 90s but always safely at the fringes. One or two artists gained national fame. Others made headlines for reasons beyond their music, such as when rapper Salah Edin was mixed up, repeatedly, with a convicted murderer by right-wing politicians. Apart from these moments, the music could be safely ignored.