Song of the Day: Control – Davido x Django23 x Big Narstie

Following on from becoming the first Nigerian Act to reach 100 Million views on Youtube for ‘Fall’, which is also the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history, DAVIDO teams up with rap sensation DJANGO23 and the biggest Rap personality in the UK, BIG NARSTIE for the bouncing summer slam ‘Control’.

Snappy clicks, punching bass and percussive shakes are layered with sirens and ad-libs as producer mastermind Rymez, responsible for chart hits including Wiley ‘Heatwave’ and a string of Stefflon Don smashes including – Hurtin’ Me, Senseless and Don Walk, delivers a masterful creation that lives for this three-strike rapper combo.

As the sounds and worlds of global rap, entertainment and genre gaps rise and merge, ‘Control’ is the perfect example of how music is crossing more boundaries than ever before. Having become Nigeria’s biggest rapper to gain success in the United States and subsequently be the leader of Afrobeats in the Billboard charts, DAVIDO has been key in spreading Afrobeats globally. Meanwhile former UK promoter and Rap star DJANGO23 has blown up to become one of the most hotly tipped entertainment acts in recent months following releases ‘Suggardaddie’ featuring Tekno and ‘Give them Django’. His experience in delivering sell-out concerts and parties with A-Listers including Kanye West, Nas, The Game, Madonna, Damian Marley and more has made his transition between the worlds of entertainment business and music a seemless one. Finally, needing no introduction, Entertainer, Bafta nominated TV presenter and rap star BIG NARSTIE seals together what the all-star cast for this certified smash.

Check out the summer banger ‘Control’ below:

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Song of the Day: Then There Were Two – Intellect

Michael Dowd, otherwise known as INTELLECT, proves that hip-hop has a soft and delicate side through his track entitled ‘Then There Were Two’.

With spine tinglingly enchanting soundscapes, which match perfectly with the Florida spitter’s smooth NAS-esque flow, the single chronicles his unflappable infatuation for a love interest.

‘Then There Were Two’ is off  INTELLECT‘s album, ‘Out of Left Field’, released last October. Reminiscent of Nas’ 1994 album, ‘Illmatic’, ‘Out of Left Field’ has placed INTELLECT as one of the top rising artists and best new music on Reverbnation.

Check out ‘Then There Were Two’ below:

New Track: Shine – Ashley Shakur

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Having kicked off 2016 with the release of his debut EP, London-based experimental emcee ASHLEY SHAKUR continues to make waves in the British music scene with his follow-up project Hare Colours.

Combining his inherent poetic wit, with clever wordplay and an effortless flow, the EP sees Ash rap over a selection of beats from different producers, showcasing his versatility as an artist.
Featured single Shine kicks off the EP as a statement of intent for the young artist. Rapping over a languid beat, supported by a deep rolling bass and phased guitar, Ash’s positive attitude radiates throughout the track as he predicts his bright future “you can’t deny my success, you can’t doubt my future”.

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An all-round creative, Ash took his first foray into music when he was creating illustrations whilst listening to classic hip hop instrumentals from the likes of Outkast, Nas and Mobb Deep. He takes full control in his artistic direction, designing his own artwork and clothes and, co-directing his visuals.

Bringing originality back to music, Ash is not afraid to think outside the box and succeeds in bringing a fresh, unorthodox style the British hip-hop scene with his unique cadence and positive storytelling. Tackling current topics and issues in today’s world, Ash’s thought-provoking material has caught the attention of underground radio stations such as Reprezent and Radar and the likes of Noisey, Earmilk, Complex and Indie Shuffle.

Filling the void with music that he feels the current hip-hop scene is lacking, Hare Colours comes as a refreshing body of work and the perfect project to cement him as one of the standout artists in the British music scene.

So get him in your system…have a listen to Shine.

New Music Video: Frankincense & Myrrh – Coops

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UK rapper Coops releases his long-awaited debut LP God Complex today, and drops a brand new video for his latest single Frankincense & Myrrh.

Having released his Lost Soul mixtape in 2014, with tracks including Chillin’ and Blessings, to critical acclaim from titles including Vibe, Wonderland and Earmilk, this new release is a welcome return for the North London MC whose emotional and thought-provoking music has captivated music fans across Europe, United States & Canada, Australia, South Africa, and South America.

New album God Complex touches on themes including self belief, spirituality and habits & vices. Production comes from regular collaborator Talos (More Time, Try Stop Us, Demons), 1drsy (Whoa, Complex, Windows) well recognised from his work on G frsh’s Alfie EP, up & coming producer Ollie Twist (Frankincense & Myrrh) and Coops himself (Water, Power).

COOPS has been on the taste-maker radar for a couple of years, having being named a one to watch by leading UK music sites SBTV and GRM Daily, and supported by key DJs including BBC Introducing’s Jen & Alley, Kiss FM’s Shortee Blitz, XFM’s Scroobius Pip and Capital Xtra’s Ras Kwame. In 2013 Coops supported hip-hop legend Nas at the O2 Arena in London, and Big Daddy Kane at The Jazz Cafe in 2015.

Brought up on the border of Hackney and Tottenham in North London, COOPS started writing when he was 17, saying it was one of the more positive and productive ways in which he and his friends would entertain themselves. He went on to study Performing Arts at Southampton University.

EXCLUSIVE Interview with: Wunda

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Take a good look at this face, because it’s going to be around quite A LOT in 2016! Star-on-the-rise WUNDA cause serious waves on NEW LEASE MUSIC with his super smooth effort, We On. So before his worldwide hype really kicks in, get to know this South African hip-hopper.

NLM:  I need to ask this question straight off – is Wunda your real name?

W: Yes & No. It’s a nickname my mom gave to me at birth & I’m currently in the process of putting it on my ID documents officially.

NLM: What’s the rap game like in South Africa? Is there anything you would change (or not)?

W: It’s on the rise, the quality of our music is definitely improving. The one thing I feel needs to change is our huge focus on pushing numbers. I get it, I know they don’t lie but what begins to happen is artists rush their albums because they’ve got one hit single that needs a follow-up. Which begs the question “what about making the classic album?”

NLM:  You dropped your track We On a couple of months ago on SoundCloud. What’s the reception been like since its release?

W: It’s been great! It’s beginning to heat up. I have high hopes for that single & once radio begins to spin it, I believe it will make big waves.

 

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

W: It’s new, It’s fresh & nothing like what they’re used to hearing.

NLM: You have pretty neat discography on SoundCloud. What’s your proudest work and why?

W: Thank you! Woah that’s a tough one. Well Night lights is one of my favourites but We On has this smooth & authentic bounce which I’m really proud to have achieved. I have to commend Gordo for his production on that record.

 

NLM: Let’s take a look into your early life…what did you do before getting involved in music?

W: All I’ve ever wanted to do was to make music. Well & design cars & shoes… At the age of 5 I could recite entire songs and my sisters would be so shocked because they couldn’t, so they encouraged me to follow this dream. Ultimately it’s always been music & it’s always going to be music.

NLM: Who are your musical or non-musical influences?

W: My mother. She has some pipes on her. But from a lyrical & performance stand point, Brenda Fassie, Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Nwa, Nas, Kanye west… I’m a fan of a lot of music so list is really long.

NLM: If you were to collaborate with just ONE chart-topping artist of today, who would it be?

W: Adele. Without a doubt!

NLM: What are your plans for 2016 and beyond? Do you have any upcoming gigs/projects?

W: In 2016 I plan to drop my debut album titled By Design; I plan to tour Brasil & to shoot awesome videos for some of the tracks on the album.

NLM: How can potential fans reach you?

W: They can follow me on twitter my handle is @wundaoftheworld also like and follow my band page on Facebook Wundaoftheworld & for more music they just search for Thewunda on Soundcloud.

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what other profession would you do?

W: Wow It’s difficult to imagine a world without my first love but I would most definitely design cars & shoes.