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Omar Sterling – Death Before Dishonor
“Death before dishonour/I promise on my honour/Do what you want/ but remember life’s full of karma”. With these opening lines, Omar Sterling set the tone for what passes as part musings- part sage tips about life, love and friendship.
Set against a lean piano chord from the fingertips of longtime producer, Killbeatz, Omar Sterling drops his epistles in a rap- spoken word fashion. To call Omar Sterling (aka Paedeezy) a philosopher- poet won’t be a contestable claim. Over the years, Omar Sterling has become something like a rainbow: he gets fans elated whenever he drops a new material, even after a long period of silence.
Kay – T feat Ayat – Gyae Me
“Gyae Me” translates as ‘leave me alone’ or ‘let me be’. This sentiment is prominent on ‘Gyae Me’; a bouncy single produced by Perry Mingle. Kay- T, along with Ayat have a message for all: they don’t want handouts; they want to work for their own success. Employing both hausa, pidgin and twi in their lyrics, Kay- T raps: ‘when i tell you i need help/nah, fuck it/ Imma do it by myself”. Ayat comes in on the second verse to emphasize the theme of the song; his voice inflections sparkling throughout. “Gyae Me” is stewed in hip hop and trap elements.
DeanKelly – Ogogoro
DeanKelly has earned some platitudes he should be happy about: his song, “Ogogoro” became the first afrobeat song to sit at top of UK based Ujima Radio’s chart show. And it’s not difficult to note why: the mid-tempo song carries a good melody with DeanKelly’s voice adding to its attractiveness.
The newly released video for Ogogoro takes place at a club, where a lady (whom he sings about) does a stripper-style dance that get him all mushy. It’s a simple video that clearly brings out the meaning behind ‘Ogogoro’
King Joey, Copta, Moor Sound feat Slim Drmz- Dor So
The second single, “Dor So”, off their collaborative album, ICYMI has been released, this time featuring Slim Drumz. Over Moor Sound’s unmistakable trap beat- with its appealing bounce- Slim Drumz lays a catchy, fante hook. (He sounds full over the song despite his lean frame).
Copta drops a fiery, punch line heavy verse (“i put work on my head like twist, no be club we go”). King Joey dots the beat with his sing-rap style. If the upcoming ICYI is going to sound like the two singles out now (“Obsessed” came out two weeks ago), then, we better brace up for anthems.
Listen to the third single “Champagne Showers”, an afrotrap record jointly produced by Moor Sound