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Blxckie joins Nadeska to discuss his latest album, B4now

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Blxckie joins Nadeska to discuss his latest album, B4now. The Africa Rising cover star talks about his musical community in South Africa, the reaction to his debut album, his musical influences, and how he stays close with his fanbase.

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On going from poetry to rap:
”I wasn’t really into rap in- in high school. I was more into like deep house and stuff like that, so rap came as a product of just me like, reciting the poetry and just like, figuring out how to express myself like, like orally in terms of, you know, the written pieces. You know? And then just gaining that confidence to-to be within like, the rap culture and stuff like that.”

On how it has been since his debut album premiered:
“It’s been, it’s been really crazy. I’ve only been in Josie for like a little bit under a year now. I didn’t expect like, to- to have an album out at this, at this stage. You know what I mean? ‘Cause I came from where I’m from here to just like, try and figure things out. I just didn’t expect it to be so quick. And then I’ve been working on new music also, uh, while the album’s out and just, yeah, just receiving the love and, and just… it’s been crazy. It’s been a nice experience.”

On his musical influences:
“Rap like, came about very late, but then when I was listening to it, it was more just like, boom bap, like Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Kendrick, that type of thing. So really like, jazzy sort of sound. So I was like, more into like, instruments and just like, the whole melodic side of rap, you know what I mean? So, yeah, Hold was just like, and ode to just, you know, the neo soul era, like, uh, I took the concept from, um, Musiq Soulchild, uh, Halfcrazy, that song.”

On his musical community:
“So I was, I was more of like a Soundcloud rapper for a bit. Um, so the people that I stayed with when I came to Josie were like the, even now like, they still like run Soundcloud. If you go on Soundcloud in South Africa, it’s just us. It’s just me and my friends that I used to work with. So yeah, like, they were just like, just for the kids, like, we used to drop music like, often. Like, every two days. We used to do a lot of trailers and stuff like that. So, that, that sort of thing like, helped me like, sharpen the skills and like, perfect the craft. And you know, just find ways of like making music trying to sing, you know what I’m saying? Playing with the auto tune a bit, also just producing a bit. Yeah, that like, that whole space, that whole creative space in the whole lockdown just helped us to become more creative within the music making process.”

On how majoring in Psychology has helped his career:
“The most important thing was just like, self, you know, recognition, and- and just like, owning like, you-your space. It came hand-in-hand with hip-hop and stuff like that. Because hip-hop like, taught me to like, you know, just be confident in yourself. Like, be confident with your heritage, your culture, and stuff like that. And then when I got into psychology, it just, it just affirmed that some more. It just like, it just like made me, yeah just more confident within everything and just when I would uh, transfer it into music, it’s just like, yeah, now this is over. It’s like, I’m taking over this whole thing and stuff”

On the importance of staying close with his fanbase:
“When I was in Durban, like that was, that was the only thing that-that- that helped us, because I was in a group of like, uh, how many, there was like 10 of us and we were all like, rappers and producers and stuff like that, and we had like a WhatsApp group, um, with just like fans and stuff like that. We used to give them music and updates about what we’re doing and all that. And we found that, like, that little community would just like, spread out, and by the time we get on stage or by the time we’re in the streets and stuff, people already know. But then it wasn’t important for like, someone that’s like, in, like a promoter or like an event organizer to know us if the kids know us already, you know what I mean? Like, it was going to flare out eventually into- into those sorts of spaces and, and into the brands or whatever.”

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Listen UP: Gracious K returns with ‘This Side’

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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.

Spotify: https://ditto.fm/this-side-gracious-k

 

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

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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: https://linktr.ee/baabalinofficial

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”

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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”

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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

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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’

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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.

 

Stream On Bord Here: https://orcd.co/kp_onboard

 

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

Audiomack Link: https://audiomack.com/KingPalutaMusic/song/satan-1

 

 

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