Jaap van der Doelen

Handwritten in Sanskrit on a 7 train

1982 Was when Jaap van der Doelen shot his way out his mom dukes. A few years later he was already singing along to songs wholly inappropriate for his age. A father himself since 2019, he now shares his passion for those same tracks with his daughter Sam. Jaap is married to the lovely Femke and lives in The Netherlands, where he writes about beats, rhymes and life.

You can find his writing in renowned publications such as Mass Appeal, Complex, DJBooth, Passion of the Weiss, SAM (Street And More) and Hiphop in je Smoel. He also reports on culture for Dutch newspapers Algemeen Dagblad, Eindhovens Dagblad and Brabants Dagblad. For three years, he wrote a weekly column in the latter's Saturday edition. He is a contributing author to Ietsjes Meer Dan 25 Jaar Popronde (A Little Over 25 Years Of Popronde), the book commemorating the traveling music festival's 25th anniversary. His book on rap group Run The Jewels titled Kill Your Masters: Run The Jewels and the World That Made Them will be published by UGA Press in 2024.