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Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About Finding Her Identity Through Black Music on The Message on Apple Music 1



On a special Black Music Month episode of The Message on Apple Music 1, Grammy Award-winning Beninese superstar Angelique Kidjo joins Ebro Darden to discuss finding her identity through Black music, the importance of learning from each other’s stories, her educational foundation for African women, and more. The Message is a series that aims to further the dialogue about the unrest and inequalities in the United States and abroad via intimate conversations with some of the most prominent voices in Black music today, who also create exclusive playlists of the songs inspiring them to keep pushing forward.

Video and key quotes from the episode are below — feel free to use and credit Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1. Listen to the episode in-full HERE.

Video | Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About Finding Her Identity Through Black Music on The Message on Apple Music 1

Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About Finding Her Identity Through Music…

“My identity as a Black person, being aware of what it is to be Black come from music. The first time I heard the word ‘slave descendant,’ it was when I heard my brother playing Jimi Hendrix…I was like, ‘By the way, who’s this guy? What language is he speaking in? He looks African to me.’ That’s when my brother said, ‘He’s African-American.’ I said, ‘Come on. How can you be African and American at the same time?’ I was nine years old. Then I learn and throughout the year, suddenly at 15, I heard about apartheid in South Africa.” Then, my world just collapsed.”

Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About The importance of Learning From Other People’s Stories and History…

“We could have saved so much time, and be so much impactful if you have known each other’s story. I didn’t know anything really much deeply as I know now about the Civil Rights movement in America, until I arrived in America. And I can tell you that the youth in Africa still don’t know it. And for me, it’s urgent for us to learn our own history. Because if we don’t know it, we are still at danger of being fooled again.”

Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About Collaborating With Burna Boy on “Do Yourself”…

“When I listened to the song, it was such a beautiful song that I was just thinking musically to accompany his voice and to be with him in song. So I sent the first version of the song, and then he said, ‘Ma, I need you more. I need your voice more.’ I send the second version. He said, ‘I need your voice more.’ And I said, ‘You want me to Angelique Kidjo the song?’ And he said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Okay, that’s what you’re going to get.’”

Angelique Kidjo Tells Apple Music About The Batonga Foundation…

“A mother pulled me aside and told me, ‘Angelique…if our girls finished primary education and they’re not in secondary education, they’re going to end up having the same fate we have. Being married early and bearing children at a very early age. And then the future is done. So what are we going to do about secondary education?’ It was not in the mandate at that time of the UN. So I take upon myself to create Batonga and I’ve seen many experts talk to many people. Everybody told me, ‘Angelique, this is just a dead end because the rate of dropout of girls in secondary education is too high. You’re going to fail.’ And I look at people, I say, ‘Well, if it’s easy, why bother?’”

Angelique Kidjo Shares Her Message…

“I grew up in a household where my dad and mom always used to say to us, ‘You cannot come back here and say you failed because you’re Black because that is something like that doesn’t exist. Success or failure has nothing to do with your skin color, is when you let people drag you into only reducing you to the skin color that you fail.’ I took that literally, and I hit the world stage. Every time they throw my skin color at me, I give them a big smile. I say, ‘Okay. Well, I’m Black. I’m proud of it. Can we have a conversation right now? Can we get to business?’”



Listen UP: Gracious K returns with ‘This Side’



British born Ghanaian rapper Gracious K, returns with his brand new single ‘This Side’

The song borrows from the current hot sound of Amapiano as he uses his Ghanaian influence’s to create something totally unique.

With catch Ga melodies ‘This Side’ is tipped to be one of the dance floor anthems. Produced by Growzie Presents.



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Baaba Lin chats about her new single ‘Famame’, going solo and RnM amid more juicy bits



US-based vocal sensation from years prior, Stephanie Baaba Lindsay recently made her official mark as one of the new and exciting voices to ignite the Ghanaian music scene under her new alias Baaba Lin and we couldn’t help but reach out for a session with her to play catch up on today’s episode of Ameyaw Meets.

The new song ‘Famame’ slots in an Afrobeat release which immerses listeners into the joys of one deeply in love, and tops it all off as the kind of dashing debut one would expect from a familiar face like Baaba Lin’s. All in all, it’s a smooth song effortless in reminding fans what they have been missing out on; the rebranded star’s radiant vocals!
But before all this new buzz, Baaba Lin was already a star. She was a part of the female group, RnM together with Denise, January and Tasha – the underdogs who went on to win the first ever Vodafone Icons “Divas Edition” back in 2011. The group also earned relevant nominations for “Best Group” at the 4syte TV Music Video Awards (2012) and Ghana Music Awards (2013) which made it the resounding success story of its time.

Today, the same legend lives on and Baaba Lin seeks to be the industry’s next underdog, and we get to ask her about her new debut ‘Famame’, going solo and what lies ahead for her this year amid more juicy bits.
Dive into the interview below and share your reviews with us after listening to ‘Famame’ here:

1. Hello Baaba Lin. Kindly, introduce yourself and brand of music.
Hello, I am Baaba Lin and my brand of music is Afrobeat & Afro-fusion.

2. And out of nowhere you’re out with a dashing new single ‘Famame’ to kickstart your solo career. Tell us everything there is to know about it.

Lol, it wasn’t out of nowhere. I took a hiatus from music after I had my son and just wanted to focus on him during his formative years, but I never left music. I was always writing and recording and waiting for the right time to return as a solo act.

3. How many years has this move to go solo been in the making?

I would say about 5 years, because I had always thought our group was going to get back together at some point, because we were great together, but I also realized that distance as well as our individual lives evolving will make that difficult. So, I started thinking of the solo route.

4. RnM was a big deal in its day, as some will remember. Mind giving fans closure on why you feel it disbanded after so many years? You all still talk?

Awwwwww, first of all, I would like to say, I love and appreciate our fans. I’m sure we all do as a group and I want to thank them for their continued love and support after all these years. It’s remarkable and I hope they will continue to support us individually. RnM disbanded like I said earlier, due to distance and our individual lives evolving. I was in the States, Tasha was in and out of Ghana and January was in and out of Ghana as well, so it was quite difficult scheduling around each other and thus we had to move on but with love and yes, we all still talk to this day and support each other. I love them so much.

5. Between then and now there’s been lots of lost years. What was going on all this while behind the scenes?

Well, I was being a mom, recording, writing, working and performing at small local events, you know, just lowkey.

6. The Ghanaian music scene may seem so familiar to you, yet so different to the likes of us and with streaming being a game changer, next to plenty new faces. How do you think you’d fit in?

The Ghanaian music scene has definitely advanced tremendously since our time because streaming platforms and social media wasn’t as big and prominent as it is now and there’s so many amazing artists out as well which is remarkable and I love that for us because it makes us as artist want to work harder and be better with our craft. So, I believe I will absolutely fit in just fine because it motivates me to hone in on my craft and keep bringing my audience and Ghanaians great music.

7. Before you go, what’s the remainder of 2022 looking like for you? More releases, features, an EP?

2022 is not yet over so expect more releases. I’m working on my EP but I don’t know if I want it out this year or next year either way, I will keep everyone posted and they can keep up with me on all my socials – Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, but it’s coming. And God willing a video as well. Fingers crossed.



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Moneybagg Yo And Kodak Black Team Up For Heartfelt New Single/Video “Rocky Road”



Photo Credit: “Bodi” aka Botti Denton

Today, Memphis superstar Moneybagg Yo drops “Rocky Road,” a heartfelt, Kodak Black-assisted new single that affirms the pair’s status as the faces of modern, complex street rap. “Rocky Road” also arrives with an evocative video and is now available at all digital retailers via CMG/N-less Entertainment/Interscope Records. With this release, Bagg is featured on the cover of New Music Daily on Apple Music Listen HERE.

Cruising over emotive keys, Kodak kicks things off with a declaration of loyalty: “Tryna get to my hoe but the Perkys got me froze / Been doing my baby momma wrong and leaving her at home / I cannot leave you on your own, we made this child together.” For his part,Moneybagg injects memories of the hustle and damaged romance: “Out there standing by the pole, selling dope to buy some clothes / Cause I knew that attract the hoes, until one left my heart so cold / I just didn’t know no better made me hard on the next forever.” Soul-baring yet of the streets, “Rocky Road” is Moneybagg and Kodak at their best.

The video also dwells in that zone. Equal parts gritty, evocative, thoughtful, and real, the Young Chang-directed clip spins a familiar narrative as a man who’s already balancing life’s complexities finds himself at a crossroads: how to respond to another man’s reckless violence. The two rappers bear witness, occupying a perspective both within the scene and adjacent enough to have eyes on the bigger picture. It’s a space Bagg’s held down for a long time now. Watch HERE.

As a pioneer of his craft the Memphis native has been able to garner a cult fan base and prove his artistry as one of the best to do it. After sharing his album Time Served, Bagg continued to prove his aptitude and magnetism with the release of his fourth studio record, A Gangsta’s Pain, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The critically acclaimed project features notable features with the likes of Pharrell, Lil Wayne, Future, and Jhené Aiko to name a few and was accredited “Best of 2021” by several media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, Billboard, Fader, Rolling Stone, Complex. In addition to his album going No. 1 he also topped the Urban Radio chart four times consecutively with “Said Sum” “Time Today” and “Wockesha,” and, “Scorpio.” A Gangsta’s Pain was the fourth highest selling rap album of the year and ultimately led to his performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, a live performance on the BET Awards and several award nominations (BET Hip Hop Award, MTV VMA, iHeartRadio Award, etc.) As a man on the go Moneybagg Yo also starred in a Nike Commercial, helped develop artists on his own label, Bread Gang, and continues to explore several business ventures with his latest being Vior Water. In 2022 the Certified Speaker will maintain his unbreakable hot streak and continue to immerse himself in various projects. With “Rocky Road” at his back, Moneybagg Yo is all set to continue his trend of leveling up with each month.

Moneybagg Yo – “Rocky Road ft. Kodak Black” eSingle
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Millyz links up with Jadakiss for new single + video “Rearview Mirror”



Millyz has just shared his new single and visual for “Rearview Mirror” featuring Jadakiss. Over a chopped-up soul sample, understated keys, and booming drums, Millyz and Jadakiss expertly trade bars and reflect on the trials and tribulations of their gritty pasts. With Jadakiss serving as Millyz’s mentor for a decade, their natural chemistry is apparent & magnetic, resulting in a collaboration that feels effortlessly authentic.

The song perfectly highlights Millyz’s introspective & honest lyricism and couples it with Jadakiss’s seasoned bars and iconic flow, adding “Rearview Mirror” to the long line of high-brow collaborations between the two. The visual for the track show Millyz & Jadakiss rapping alongside their respective crews collectively draped in Jadakiss’s brand So Raspy, only adding to the familiarity of the track. “Rearview Mirror” (feat. Jadakiss) sets the tone for the well-curated collaborations, awe-inspiring wordplay & unparalleled transparency fans can expect ahead of the release of Millyz album Blanco 5on 5/27.

Millyz has been lighting the internet on fire all year with standout freestyles on L.A. LeakersThe Come Up Show, and most recently Fire In The Booth. Last year things started to really heat up for him with the release of his last project Blanco 4 in 2021. The album had a string of successful singles including “Emotions” featuring G Herbo, “Benny Blanco” alongside expert bar spitter Benny The Butcher & “Hopeless” with Jadakiss. Leading up to the release of Blanco 5, Millyz has released the singles “Ashes In The Maybach” featuring Mozzy, “Love/Hate” (feat. Gio Dee) and “Closure”. After catching the attention of mainstream tastemakers and developing a committed fanbase through his non-stop work ethic and dedication to hip-hop, Millyz is ready for the world to see his full vision & potential with the release of Blanco 5 on 5/27.

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Paris Bryant Releases Vibrant Debut Mixtape “A Trip To Paris” + “Slide ft. KiDi” Video



Today, 18-year-old rising rapper/singer Paris Bryant releases his vibrant, highly anticipated debut project, A Trip To Paris. Listen HERE via Cinematic / Geffen Records. The 15-song set includes collaborations with KB Mike, Jay Gwuapo, and YXNG K.A. To celebrate the mixtape’s arrival, Bryant is also rolling out a bright, animated video for standout cut “Slide,” a collaboration with KiDi. Watch the video HERE.

A Trip to Paris establishes Bryant as one of the most moving songwriters in the rap and R&B world, expressing vulnerability, flexes, and intense emotions with ease. Mixtape highlight “Slide,” on the other hand, is a simple ode to good times. “Shawty in the room and she want me to go beast mode,” the NYC upstart sings. “Put on the track and she know I got the cheat code.” The colorful pop cut featuring Ghana’s KiDi is sure to heat up dancefloors all summer long.

The track’s accompanying video is an animated adventure complete with bikini-clad women, warm beaches, sports cars, and a little romance. It’s a feel-good affair that perfectly captures the song’s summery vibe. While “Slide” is a peerless party anthem, A Trip to Paris has a song for every mood including the emotional “Run Around” and intense tracks like “Overthinking,” which finds Bryant reflecting on his big-money aspirations.

Other project highlights include the previously released singles “Bad Thoughts,” “Dangerous,” and the July 2021 heater “Demon Time.” That song garnered praise from HotNewHipHop, who called it a “fun follow-up for Bryant and yet another example of his ability to make catchy tracks,” while the video has garnered almost 150,000 views. Bryant has also earned recognition from REVOLT, HotNewHipHop, RESPECT, and UPROXX for his official debut “Mad Mad.”

With the ability to move from dynamic flows to R&B runs worthy of main stages, Bryant has been widely tipped as one of rap’s most melodic rising stars. Now with A Trip to Paris, which contains both undeniable smashes like “Slide” and more intimate, emotional songs, Bryant offers a deeper look than ever into the mind of one of the game’s hottest newcomers.

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King Paluta Finally Drops ‘Satan’



Multi-talented and award-winning musician King Paluta, has finally blessed our ears with the much-awaited song Satan. This is his second single of the year and it a follow up to his unstoppable single On Board.


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The Hip-Hop music, produced by Khendi Beatz, bring fore some of the dopiest and catchy lines of King Paluta. Known for his hard-core rap ability, he walks into the lover’s corner to gift us a true-life storyline.


On the 2 minutes 50 seconds song, King Paluta exhibits true versatility by switching from singing to rap effortlessly and you are going to enjoy him on his one.


Stream Satan by King Paluta from the link below

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