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Tulenkey ft Eddie Khae – Proud Fvck Boys
Tulenkey is surfing the good reception he has courted since the release of his single “Child Abuse”, a song that highlights the pressures and sexual abuse of men by females. As any smart person would do, Tulenkey has seized this advantage, and the outcome is “Proud Fvck Boys“. Declared by fans as a Christmas anthem, snippets of the song surfaced online as his entry to Mr. Eazi’s
#Empawa100, “Proud Fvck Boys” describes the behaviour of ‘fuck boys’ – guys who front for relevance.
Tuley didn’t only give us a hot, smoking single. He gave us a 10 track mixtape titled ”1/1″ in the process. Featuring both known and up-coming artists, Tulenkey exhibits his profound storytelling and rapping skills over afropop, afro-highlife and hip-hop beats. (His flow on “Forever 96” is impressive). Tulenkey has obviously cracked the ceiling with “Proud Fvck Boys”. The onus is on him to push harder towards national recognition.
Kwesi Arthur ft Shatta Wale – African Girl
Kwesi Arthur has showed us his hip-hop and afropop sides on songs like “Grind Day” and ”Can’t Keep Me Waiting”- with KiDi. Dabbling in dancehall was the missing piece to bring his versatility full circle. On Thursday, the young rapper released his latest single “African Girl”, a dancehall flavoured tune featuring Shatta Wale.
The song is a celebration of their “African Girl”, whom Kwesi Arthur describes as ‘bad pass Nicki Minaj”. The soulful vocals of Kwesi Arthur and the gruff tone of Shatta Wale’s renditions complement each other. Unlike his previous tunes that hit you the first time, “African Girl” feels like the kind of record that would grow on you over time. And oh, this video looks super crisp. Money dey talk!
Daney King Eli ft Ayat – Desire
Daney King Eli is one to watch. His tape ‘’GoRem’’ pitches traditional musical elements, life tales against today’s afropop sounds. “Desire”, a single from the album is an expression of a burning desire in taking the first bold step towards accomplishing his dreams, the challenges that lies ahead in this journey. ‘’GoRem’ is sub-titled as a traveler’s tale.
The KTO directed video shows Daney in his ‘natural’ setting: reflecting the culture, traditions and customs of his Ewe people. From wearing traditional garbs to seeing Ayat, featured on the hook, swimming at the base of a waterfall, Daney King Eli serves positivism and motivation through words and visuals.
Gafacci – Burna Boy Gbona Gafacci Remix
Gafacci is not new to adding his own spin on songs that he loves. The experimental producer has given Burna Boy’s ‘’Gbona’’ a new, exciting twist. Describing it as an unofficial remix, Gafacci increases the song’s BPM, layering it with dance/EDM elements while maintaining the song’s hook. This unofficial remix will get the crowd going in European clubs and at events.
Super Kelieb – Try
Life is all about strive: pushing through the challenges it present as you work yourself to success. For Super Kelieb, this reality isn’t lost on him. His missive is poignant and straight to the point: don’t give up on your dreams. The production by Hikari is solid, although a little synth on the hook would have added a layer of brightness to the tune. (The drum pattern on ” Try” sounds similar to R2Bees’ “Yawa Girl”). As the saying goes: life is how you make it. Success comes by trying. Super Kelieb is here to remind you.
JaH-Monte – If Halima- Kujali Could Talk
JaH-Monte, formerly known as King Callis is a Charlotte emcee whose song, ‘If Halima-Kujali Could Talk’ reflect the nostalgic 90s boom bap elements that mirrors those from the decks of Pete Rock and CI Smooth’s classic ‘They Reminisce Over You’. Together with Drew Prince, the song brims with a gorgeous saxophone loop. JaH- Monte enters the frame, delivering fast succession of rhymes to affirm his love for his city.