Master and King opens with a riff that sounds like a way slowed down version of Heavy D’s “Now that We Found Love” (see below too). But the melody’s slightly different and very current. It’s an addictive song…the best off “The Extraordinaires from The Holstar (Zambia) and Teckzilla (Canada, bwo Nigeria).
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December 22, 2011
These guys are going tribal here and you know you’re just watching something different. They infuse the African beat with some thick rapping on top. Really nice.
December 11, 2011
The Furious Force of Rhymes by Joshua Atesh Litle documents hiphop scenes in 5 countries around the world: USA, Israel/Palestine, Germany, France, and Senegal. A must see.
November 20, 2011
In rap, you’re either a rapper or a hookman (the guy who sings the chorus, i.e. “hook”). Sure, you’ve got rappers who sing hooks–e.g. Eminem and Drake are extremely rare being great at both–but it’s best to leave each to their respective professionals. So is Ghana’s Trigmatic on that level?
October 23, 2011
WW needed a little redo for Benin. One of the first vids on the site was from Orpair featuring Willy Mignon. With this vid, some vindication.
October 16, 2011
Some incredible footage of unreal plays in street soccer. Seyfu‘s got serious flow. But…
September 20, 2011
Check out this incredible article from the NYTimes about Senegalese rappers leading the revolution against their corrupt dictator. The age of the Rap Revolutionary continues!
July 3, 2011
There’s other Togolais hiphop out there–seems like the most legit stuff is in French. But I posted this for other reasons.
July 3, 2011
From a purely production standpoint, this is probably the worst video I’ve posted yet.
June 28, 2011
So, in the ’90′s, Black Mboolo innovatively rapped over native Senegalese music called Mbalax. The drastic mix of styles doesn’t work. Here’s why…