Song of the Day: Catfish – Showtime Shegz

Hailing from Nigeria, East London-based conscious rapper SHOWTIME SHEGZ makes his entry onto the blog’s hotspot with a pretty strong message to the ladies who goes to extraordinary lengths for perfection in the beauty department.

With rhythmic drums and the menacing piano keys providing the platform for SHOWTIME SHEGZ‘s spoken word delivery, ‘Catfish’ is from his latest album, ‘Imperfect Ar(tist)’

It’s time to check out the hilarious video for the track below:

New Music Video: Freedom – Lady Jay

LADY JAY has recently unveiled a rather classy video for her latest heartfelt single, ‘Freedom’, which serves as a source of inspiration for everyone going through the dark times.

The video was shot by Wahala Entertainment in the eastern region of Ghana in a picturesque setting. The video has a beautiful message that can be seen through different symbolism and can be related to many events in Ghana and across the globe.

Absolutely beautiful…check it the video for ‘Freedom’ below:

Song of the Day: Let Me – Lady Jay (ft. SSue)

Following the release of her soul-packed single ‘We Tried’, ft. Ria Boss back in January, Wahala Entertainment recruit, LADY JAY graces the hotspot with sultry single ‘Let Me’, featuring fellow vocalist SSUE.

The MoBeatz BANGR-produced banger sees the Ghanaian singer/songwriter take a different direction, fusing her R&B/soul trademark with a sassy club-filling vibe.

Check out the video to the swinging joint below:

Song of the Day: Careless – OlaJuwon

After a break since releasing his first EP ‘For the Weekend’, OLAJUWON returns  with his first official single of the year entitled ‘Careless’.

Produced by MideBeatz of thegreyroom, ‘Careless’ is the first installment of a six-track project that OLAJUWON and Synth Records Africa have planned for the year.

Before you head off, check it the smooth joint below:

Song of the Day: Different League – Manu Crooks

Whilst still a relative newcomer for the UK circuit, the African-Australian rapper has a cult hip-hop following and has previously been highlighted by i-D, The Fader and Pigeons & Planes, all raving about his incredible potential as an artist. 2017 proved to be a whirlwind year, which included the release of his debut EP ‘Mood Forever’, Australian tours with both Stormzy and Tory Lanez, and Manu’s own headlining Australian tour sponsored by Noisey. His music has been spreading globally with the video for his breakthrough single ‘Everyday’ closing in on two million views on YouTube and the video for ‘Day Ones’ also passing the 1.5 million mark, whilst Spotify streams for both records soar beyond 1.5 million each. MANU CROOKS closed out 2017 by teaming up with close friend and collaborator Anfa Rose for the double drop of ‘Presence’ and ‘All I Need’, which have since amassed over 1.2 million streams respectively.

Earning a reputation for his “raw lyricism and seamless flow” (The Fader), Manu has been gaining fans stateside including ASAP Ferg who brought him on stage during a recent Sydney performance. With recent profiles from the likes of Highsnobiety and The Coveteur, and consistent support from Zane Lowe, who debuted ‘Assumptions’, ‘Buddy Buddy’ and supported ‘Blowin Up’ on Beats 1, MANU CROOKS  is bridging hip-hop hemispheres and proving that he “might just be our best hope for Aus hip hop to make a significant impact on the international scene.” (Complex)

For his new release ‘Different League’, MANU CROOKS is draped in a designer puffer jacket, teaming with accessories and raps about his ongoing success and the women he’s met along the way. His eyes are covered by gold-framed, designer sunglasses, reminiscent of Master P, as he cruises through the streets with a beautiful lady. The subtle special effects enhance the visual vibe and overall aesthetic, whilst the heavy bass line and rhythmic keys create an ominous feel as he spits bold lyrics with his foreign flair and trap-tinged sound, about lust, success and unclear intentions. French directors Aden Gauthier, Hitsu Film and Berko & Titan’s colour grading and keen editing sets the visual apart and stamps both class and business all over ‘Different League’, which amassed 50,000 views in its initial hours online.

The exploration of borders goes beyond just that of the record and the visual for ‘Different League’ as alongside his latest release, MANU CROOKS has also announced his debut ‘Mood Forever’ World Tour, which will see him perform dates throughout April to June, across Canada, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and France, demonstrating why he is leading Australia’s hip-hop movement and “sees him separating himself from the lower divisions.” (Clash Magazine).

Time to check out ‘Different League’…