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Skiibii talks about working with Davido, new single and more on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio



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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Skiibii, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, April 3rd at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

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Nigerian Afropop star Skiibii joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “Baddest Boy (Remix) [feat. Davido].” He also discusses the creative process behind his first EP, ‘God Is Bigger Than Man,’ and how he manages life in the public eye.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Joeboy, BNXN; Makhadzi; Bensoul & King Kaka; and JFS music feat. King Tone SA & Soa mattrix.

Africa Rising 
Swati DJ and producer Uncle Waffles is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her two singles, “Tanzania (feat. Sino Msolo & BoiBizza),” and “Love I Need (feat. Dinki Kunene, Boi Bizza, Yedda & Tony Duardo),” from her EP, ‘Red Dragoncurrently ranked No. 1 on Apple Music’s South African Top Album charts and available in Spatial Audio. Listen HERE.


Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on South African amapiano producer Kelvin Momo and his single “Song Cry,” from Apple Music’s Amapiano Lifestyle playlist. Listen HERE,and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, April 3rd at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

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After I dropped the EP, Davido hit me up in the DM that he wants to be on the remix of “Baddest Boy” and I like that, because he’s bad too! So I’m like, we’re the baddest boys now.

Immediately we got into the studio, it took us like 15 minutes to do that verse. Immediately when we finished the verse I stood up and shook his hand, like “I’ll see you on the video day!” He was just smiling like “Yes! See you soon, so get ready!”


We shot the video, quick release, no stress. Davido is a very wonderful guy, very blessed and talented, we finished the video and he didn’t even leave. We were there chilling like we were at home. The vibe was organic – it’s not forced, it’s original. When you are on the same page with whoever you are collaborating with, it helps everything.

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“Trenches” means a lot to me. I understand that life in the trenches is not easy, [for] the people there in the ghetto, because I actually came from there.

When I dropped the song, the first day people started saying “You are not in the trenches, you just bought a Maybach 600, what are you saying?” “You just bought three cars, what’s wrong with you? Why are you trying to cap?” I’m like yo, this song is not for me. This song is for the people in the hood, the people that are still hustling, trying to make it out of the trenches.

I have to define it to them, to tell them that your “trenches” is your starting point, so everybody’s got one. We’re praying to God to get out, to make it out and make some bread.


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Me, I’m a single guy. I always like to drop singles back-to-back, one after the other, that I always take my time. People always complain that Skiibii always comes once in a while, drop a hit song and go back in, so I promised them last December that if I start now, I’m not going to stop. After this EP, I’m going to come back-to-back-to-back.

If they allow me, I’m going to drop every month, and I’m ready but my manager and everybody is saying “Don’t rush them” so ok, let’s wait… so I’m gonna give these two months for collaborations to drop, then I’m back again to my back-to-back.

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Moneybagg Yo Returns With Deeply Personal New Mixtape “Hard To Love” + Shares New Video Inspired By “Hustle & Flow”



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Today, Memphis artist, established entrepreneur, and Bread Gang Entertainment CEO, Moneybagg Yo unveils his highly anticipated heartfelt new mixtape Hard To Love. After setting off a firestorm of excitement and speculation when he announced its release date—and two years after his most recent full-length project—Bagg is back and more focused than ever. From the tape’s beginning to end, he reminds the listener just how propulsive his music can be. Listen HERE via CMG/N-Less/Interscope Records.

To accompany the release, today he also shares the imaginative video for “Where Ya Bih @.” In the visual directed by whipalo, Bagg pays great homage to the 2005 Oscar-winning film, “Hustle & Flow.” The parallels between Bagg the main character are uncanny as the iconic movie follows the dramatic life of a hustler turned rapper named DJay (originally played by Terrence Howard), who’s also a native Memphian. Like Bagg, Djay’s an overachiever with a stop-at-nothing approach and a crystal-clear vision for his success, and in the video Bagg seamlessly taps into that role as he playfully paints the picture of his comparable drive and passion. The captivating video is set to release today.

The mixtape, Bagg’s first since 2021’s A Gangsta’s Pain, was preceded by a lengthy letter posted to his Instagram account. “I gained and lost more than I ever thought I would,” Bagg wrote, “and had no other safe outlet for all the emotions and dark thoughts that came wit that other than making music.” That sort of to-the-bone honesty is the defining feature of Hard To Love. The Certified Speaker shared various singles including “Quickie,” “Motion God,” “On Wat U On,” his acclaimed collaboration with label mate, GloRilla, and most recently “Ocean Spray.” The mixtape also features “Keep It Low,” his breakneck collaboration with Future, which sounds as if it’s going to leap out of your speakers and rattle around the inside of your car; as well as additional collaborations with Fridayy, Bagg’s signee, YTB FATT, Shott Off, and Lil Durk.

Prior to Hard To Love, Moneybagg Yo shared his chart-topping album, A Gangsta’s Pain, which was the fourth highest selling rap album of 2021.  The RIAA certified Platinum album was listed “Best Albums of 2021” by The New York Times, Billboard, Complex, XXL, Uproxx, and more. In addition to his album going No. 1 he also topped the radio charts four times consecutively with “Said Sum,” “Time Today,” “Wockesha,” and “Scorpio.” Soon after he shared a collaboration with Yo Gotti, Mozzy, and Lil Poppa titled, “Big League,” which was chosen as the official song of the 2022 NBA Finals and can be found on the CMG compilation Gangsta Art.

In just a few short years, Moneybagg Yo has cemented himself as one of the most irresistible voices in the club and on the streets. He developed his label, Bread Gang Entertainment, his artist BIG30 (NLess Entertainment) was tapped as part of XXL’s latest Freshman Class, and his business endeavors extend to the restaurant industry in 2023, recently opening Cache 42 Kitchen and Cocktails in his hometown. The rapper has also been nominated for GRAMMY Awards,  Billboard Music Awards and iHeartRadio Award and collaborated with A-list stars like Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and YG. With Hard to Love, he adds another riveting chapter to his stellar discography.


1. They Say
2. Keep It Low ft. Future
3.F My BM
4. Ocean Spray
5. Lies ft. Fridayy
6. Sholl Is
7. Still
8. Free Lil A (Interlude)
9. Hurt Man
10. Shot Off Gumbo ft. YTB FATT x Shott Off
11. No Show
12. Where Ya Bih @
13. Goin Thru It
14. Rock Out ft. Lil Durk & YTB FATT
15. Super Wet
16. Motion God
17. Nun Like Me
18. Quickie
19. On Wat U On ft. GloRilla
20. More Sick

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Guchi teases new sound on the double-track release of All Over You and Mon Bébé



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Consistency is currency and Guchi’s dues are paid in full. The Afropop Act’s latest chess move is a two-sided release, succeeding her March 2023 piece titled “Relate”.

“All Over You” is the first of the double pack: an affectionate afro-jammer produced by Shugavybz and the second- “Mon Bébé”, is a snazzy French-titled tune produced by Kaelbeatz.

We are once again lured into Guchi’s wonderful world of sizzling romance and the two tracks give details from varying perspectives. The popstar gets assertive on “All Over You”, stating in clear terms, what she expects from this intoxicating affair. She takes on the persona of a clingy ride-or-die lover, ready to go to towering lengths to secure her relationship. Lyrics like “Kokoro Ife mi Jowo, I no go let you go (Please my love bug, I will not let you go)” bear testament to Guchi’s strong will to not only be but remain in love.

Mon bébé is more flirty and wispy in its rendition. From giving her goosebumps to sweet-treat comparisons, it is without a doubt that Guchi’s Bébé has her in a sweet and tight spot. In both songs, she uses linguistic fragments to drive deeper emotional meaning.

Randomly releasing two hits at once could have Guchi-loyalists wondering what she has up her sleeves. Could this be the pathway to a deluxe version of her 2022 EP – “Purple Diary”? Or could the singer be priming us up for yet another project?


All Over You/Mon Bébé is available for streaming and download on all preferred digital music platforms.


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Jessey Maine Rolls Out “DICE” As First Single Of 2023



Jessey Maine Rolls Out "DICE" As First Single Of 2023

Fast-rising Rap artist Jessey Maine’s much anticipated premier single of the year, “DICE”, is finally out. (more…)

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Grammy-Winning Dante Bowe Announces Self-Titled Studio Album Out July 21, Featuring Vic Mensa, Jekalyn Carr, Flavour, Anthony B & Ada Ehi



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Today, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling, and chart-topping musician Dante Bowe announces his new self-titled album, out July 21 via his label he co-founded TRUE Music. The project finds Bowe in a new light as he experiments with sounds, blending hip-hop, gospel, r&b, and more. On the young artists’ third studio album, he truly showcases his eclectic style, collaborating with Vic Mensa, Jekalyn Carr, Flavour, Anthony B, and Ada Ehi.


“This project represents my creative evolution and a bold step towards pushing boundaries,” says Bowe. “Through soulful melodies, infectious beats, and deeply-rooted lyrics, I’ve crafted a sonic journey that bridges the gap between different musical worlds.”


Dante Bowe’s meteoric rise shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to create powerful music that resonates deeply with listeners from all walks of life. “Get ready to groove, be inspired, and experience the transformative power of music like never before.”



Alongside the self-titled album announcement, Bowe shares a single and offering from the new work, “Wind Me Up” featuring Anthony B, which will officially launch the National radio campaign at R&B radio on June 12. Creating an electrifying collaboration and just in time for summer, Bowe’s transcendent vocal talents converge with the infectious rhythms of the acclaimed Jamaican Dance Hall/Reggae artist.

Stream “Wind Me Up” Here

As Dante Bowe sets his sights on new horizons, the future looks incredibly bright for this gifted artist. Stay tuned for some more exciting news that he will be sharing soon.

Dante Bowe Tracklist

  1. Hide Me

  2. Take Me Up

  3. Lean On

  4. Fire

  5. Easy On Me

  6. On The Moon

  7. Breaking All My Rules Ft. Vic Mensa

  8. Wind Me Up Ft. Anthony B

  9. Your Majesty Ft. Flavour

  10. Trouble

  11. Not Hopeless

  12. Need Somebody

  13. In Your Hands Ft. Ada Ehi

  14. Glory To God Ft. Jekalyn Carr


Live Dates

Victory Fest Holden, LA June 3, 2023

JUNETEENTH Celebration Hartsville, SC June 17, 2023

Family Changes Everything Atlanta, GA September 28, 2023

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Listen Up: Camidoh shares new mixtape ‘LITA’



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Ghanaian singer, songwriter and producer Camidoh has shared a new mixtape album,  dubbed ‘Love Is The Answer’ (LITA) via Grind Don’t Stop Records. (more…)

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Ebro sits down with Black Sherif to dissect his debut album The Villain I Never Was, and talk about how it feels to play his first run of shows in the US



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Black Sherif says “The Homeless Song” was inspired by a period when he was actually homeless: 

There was a turning point in my life that I was homeless. And from that time, how I saw things changed. And a few of the songs that I put on the album, I had written before The Homeless Song. But I felt like that point, that pivoting could be a proper start. That’s why I put it first. Because it happened within 24 hours, like 16 hours back I was at home with my boys. Fast forward, not even 24 hours after, I’m homeless in a car. No place to stay. It be crazy. So I wrote that song just that night.

Black Sherif says that people call him Kwaku because of “Kwaku the Traveller,” along with other names that stem from his music:

With me, every three months there’s a sound growth in my studio. So every era of that sound growth, at all the evolutions, they have nicknames, they have alter egos and names and stuff. Because at first when I was starting to write music, I used to say Sad Man Story. And it went on, Blacko, Kwaku Killer, Kwaku Rasta. I have so many names in the streets and everybody know the name. Yeah. You could say, “Who is Kwaku Rasta?” I will tell you that’s Black Sherif. “Who’s Kwaku Killer?” Black Sherif. “Who is KK?” Black Sherif. They know the names. So I just leave it to whatever you want to call me, call me. People even call me by my auntie’s name, Auntie Mary. I’m like, “Yeah.” I said it in my song, that’s what you heard. Call me by that. Let’s go man. It’s a story. My mom call me Sherif. My dad call me Rasta. Kwaku Rasta.


Black Sherif says he has more collaborations with Burna Boy on the way:

Ebro Darden: And how did you get Burna Boy on Second Sermon? How did that come about?

Black Sherif: I think Burna heard Second Sermon.

Ebro Darden: He heard it and was like, “I need to get on that.”

Black Sherif: Yeah. Crazy.

Ebro Darden: And y’all keep a good relationship now?


Black Sherif: Yeah. I was talking with him just last night. Yeah.

Ebro Darden:Y’all working on more music?

Black Sherif: Mm-hmm.

Ebro Darden: It’s more to come?

Black Sherif: Yeah.

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