One of 2019’s most exciting African music prospects, Olakira recently dropped his new 7-track WAKANDA JOLLOF EP
Coming on the back of an explosive debut summer last year which firmly set him up as one to watch, fast-rising Afrobeats artist and producer Olakira is excited to unveil his brand new debut EP titled ‘Wakanda Jollof’. Released via U&I Music, the exciting 7-track project is written and performed solely by Olakira, with Zimbabwean beatsmith Mr Kamera (Patoraking, Davido, Mr Eazi), as well as longtime collaborators DXOHM and Steryo, producing the record alongside Olakira.
Widely seen as one of 2019’s most exciting African music prospects, Olakira burst onto the scene last summer with his double A-side debut singles ‘Hey Lover’ and ‘Flirty Signal’, which have garnered over 3 million plays on YouTube, Spotify, and Soundcloud. Before his artist debut last year, he was writing and producing some of the Afrobeats scene’s biggest hits, including co-writing and co-producing breakthrough hits like ‘Akube’ and ‘My Woman’.
The talented artist, producer, and musician has been making waves across Africa over the past 12 months, and is already hotly tipped by Africa’s biggest tastemakers, such as The Native Magazine, MTV Base Africa, Cool FM, The Beat Lagos, Not Just OK, Bella Naija, Pulse NG, Soundcity, TRACE Africa, and Chop Daily, and with his exciting new EP ‘Wakanda Jollof’, Olakira is sure to quickly gain further traction and attention internationally.
Speaking about the inspiration behind his ‘Wakanda Jollof’ EP, Olakira says,
“With ‘Wakanda Jollof’, I put together the best music styles and genres from the continent, spiced up for a global audience. Wakanda is a unifying word, recognized worldwide as a good symbol for Africa, while Jollof is Africa’s favourite spicy rice dish, so I’m basically serving up a spicy dish from the continent to the rest of the world”.
The Doctor’s Orders & The Jazz Café Present Erick Sermon (EPMD/Def Squad) at XOYO, London this September, alongside Sean Strange and DJ Illegal
As one half of EPMD, alongside Parish Smith, and as a solo artist Erick Sermon has been churning out Hip Hop classics for over 40 years. A true legend of the game he, and his Def Squad were responsible for helping shape the sound of ‘Golden Era’ late 80’s & early 90’s Hip Hop with their combination of Funk breaks and hard-hitting lyrics.
The green-eyed bandit joins The Doctor’s Orders for a rare London show in support of his new album alongside Sean Strange and DJ Illegal (Snowgoons).
Expect a set packed of EPMD classics as well as his solo bangers including ‘Strictly Business’, ‘Crossover’, ‘React’, ‘You Got’s To Chill’, ‘Just Like Music’ and a ton more.
Grab your tickets now for what is sure to be a great night of classic Hip Hop.
Legendary Brooklyn based dynamic rap duo Smif N Wessun team up with Belgian instrumentalist Dfonk for their new SEASONS single/EP
Brooklyn based Hip Hop legends Tek and Steele, from the dynamic duo Smif N Wessun team up with Belgian recording instrumentalist Dfonk for the four-track single/EP, ‘Seasons’. The single/EP contains four versions (interpretations) of the recording session. One for each Season.
London based emcee Dubz teams up with global phenomenon Giggs & rising star Dekar for their new track/visual PLANE TICKET
‘Plane Ticket’ is the long-awaited party anthem from one of the most talented pioneers in rap, Dubz. The instantly addictive hook, produced by Machine Baby features rising star Dekar and global phenomenon Giggs. The release features a video by Jordz Visuals who has worked with some of the best-known artists in the urban scene.
Dubz says, “this track is one of many from Giggs and me, but it’s the first of its kind… we have never made a party song but when I heard the beat I knew it was the one”.
Dubz launched his solo project ‘Ard Doe’ in 2009, winning him instant recognition with key brands such as SBTV, Link Up TV, GRM Daily, MTV, BBC 1xtra, Capital Xtra and Kiss. In 2017, he took to the stage with Giggs, performing on the Landlord European Tour and at Reading and Leeds Festival, where the two tore rooves down with their crowd killing track ‘Pain Is The Essence’.
Dubz has collaborated with grime royalty including Skepta and Krept & Konan but has more recently been working on his second solo body of work Proper, due for release later this year. The project featuring Young Teflon, Ghetts, Wretch 32, Giggs and Fekky to name but a few.
“Damien Dubz is one of my favorite UK rappers of all time” – Skepta.
“Dubz is the best UK rapper straight” – Giggs.
“Dubz makes a long-anticipated return” – SBTV.
Dubz ft. Giggs x Dekar - Plane Ticket [Music Video] | GRM Daily - YouTube
London-based producer & songwriter Hannah V recently dropped her new NO LIMIT EP, featuring Ama Schreyer, Misha B, Nicky Brown, Cherri V, Mike Ellison, Shystie & Pepper Rose
Celebrating boldness and individuality, ‘No Limit’ is a 6-track testament to the fearless and their pursuit to break barriers, and with the lead single of the same name featuring UK Rap great Shystie, the power combination can’t help but set the unstoppable tone of this EP. Premiered by The Hype Magazine, the lyric video is representative of the feminine strength on this record. Pastel hues delicately swirl into a watercolor backdrop as the bold, courageous lyrics stand with power on the screen.
Having written, produced and played for artists including Stormzy, Rihanna, Jessie J and scoring a Top 10 album in JP Cooper’s ‘Raised Under Grey Skies’, Hannah V is a music pioneer. Her determination and desire to always navigate to success irrespective of gender, ethnicity or class has remained her driving force and within her latest release, it is exactly that which she captures.
Rooted in friendship, the music is a by-product of teamwork, fierce resolution and the talent within Hannah V’s circle. Premiered by DJ Target at BBC 1Xtra, lead single ‘No Limit’ features Shystie and Pepper Rose and is anthemic in its charm with a valiant hook and the infectious, quick-firing delivery of rap. Within the other 5 records that make up the EP, Misha B, Cherri V, Ama Schreyer, Nicky Brown, and Mike Ellison join Hannah V on the journey and it’s packed to the brim with soul, depth, meaning and instrumental heaven.
Think of it as a road trip, with all of your friends and different discussions happening along the way, emotions pouring out at varied pace, some getting soulful and deep whilst ten minutes later you’re all singing together with the windows down. Hannah V captures it perfectly on this EP, only on this trip, there’s ‘No Limit’ as to where the road will take you and how fast you need to go, just as long as you continue to break down barriers and keep it moving.
”Literally one of the best keyboard players I’ve ever seen or come across, she used to do it on tour for Rihanna and Jessie J – levels. She’s also a producer in her own right, she’s been working real hard making some great music” – DJ Target.
Hannah V - No Limit ft. Shystie and Pepper Rose (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube
Coventry, UK based recording artist Icey Stanley drops the visual for his latest track SOMEONE, via Urban Fresh
Icey Stanley is an English rapper, singer and songwriter, who established his roots within Coventry’s Hip Hop scene. This Coventry based artist has released his latest Single ‘Someone’, a project that has caused a big buzz on social media. ‘Someone’ expresses the need of having a person in life that can be there and willing to be through it all. A mix of old school and new school this song takes you back in time and brings you to the present with relatable lyrics. The music video follows Icey’s journey trying to look for the one that he needs, not realizing the woman he’s been after has been right by his side all along.
Icey garnered initial attention via his local music community. His recognition began to spiral as he was seen supporting UK artists including JME, Fuse ODG, Meridian Dan, Big Narstie, Lady Leshurr and Devlin whilst his electric performances and aptitude at stage delivery awarded him with the opportunities to play shows in Africa, Europe and America including sets at The Global Youth Conference in Carolina and Loveworld Music Festival in Nigeria, exposing his musical prowess to different audiences across the world.
South Bronx, New York-based French Montana recently dropped the visual to his latest track WIGGLE IT, featuring the twerk-tastic City Girls
Heating up summer to a boiling point, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum artist, rapper, producer, influencer, and philanthropist French Montana shares a brand new single entitled ‘Wiggle It’ featuring City Girls.
Bouncing between buoyant horns and a steady grind-able beat, French settles into a punchy pocket on the verses with quick and clever rhymes before City Girls ‘Wiggle It’ through the sexy and slick chorus bound to soundtrack countless pool parties worldwide.
Additionally, he dropped a twerk-tastic music video to accompany the track. In the visual, nosy undercover agents spy on the rappers as they host a wet and wild extravaganza in a massive mansion while the women party in their standout checkered Fashion Nova fits. The high point happens when French rocks scuba gear, dives in the water and turns on his radar. ‘Wiggle It’ was Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1.
French Montana - Wiggle It ft. City Girls - YouTube
On Friday, August 23rd, French takes over the outdoor stage at the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City’s Central Park. Expect an unforgettable show as always with a few surprises! At the moment, he’s putting the finishing touches on his new album, due out soon.
Kicking off the summer in style, French Montana turns up on The Decent Exposure Tour alongside headliner Wiz Khalifa. As direct support on a bill including Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, DJ Drama, and Chevy Woods, expect him to deliver a set locked and loaded with one smash after another from his multi-platinum chart-dominating catalog nightly. Few can set a stage off like French can. Catch him in arenas and amphitheaters coast-to-coast throughout August.
North London based Producer, DJ, & Rapper, Ironik teams up with long-term collaborators and friend Ayo Beatz for their latest, summer-fuelled, jet-set track COME DOWN
Living their best life, Ironik and Ayo Beatz are captured in the video enjoying a lazy summer day aboard a stunning yacht with champagne on tap and a host of stunning female company as they all take in good vibes and dancing – there’s no wonder they don’t want to ‘Come Down’ from this high!
Produced by Ayo Beatz, who is a certified hook-master and drops the perfect example of why on this joint, Ironik delivers the snappy verses, which set up the record perfectly as the latest UK summer joint for your playlist. It’s not the first time these two have made magic either, their most recent collab came at the start of the last year on another banger ‘Watch Nuttin’ which was heavily supported at GRM Daily, KISS Fresh and across Apple Music and Spotify too.
Yet its little wonder that Ironik can drop a banger for the clubs when he wants to. Dj’ing internationally at venues from Dubai to China to the party islands of Europe certainly keep him at the face of new music, in fact, you can check out one of his recent mixes that he dropped exclusively for Kiss Fresh here.
Ironik - Come Down ft. Ayo Beatz - YouTube
Ironik ft. Ayo Beatz – Come Down via iTunes/Spotify
Luton, UK based emcee Raxstar teams up with Dutch recording artist F1rstman for their new summer track TIME, produced by Holland-based Morry
Award-winning British emcee and songwriter Raxstar recently launched his new single ‘Time’, a banging new summer anthem which immediately grabs the attention. ‘Time’ sees the Luton based rapper team up with Dutch artist F1rstman after the two combined to a huge effect on the unstoppable ‘Dance‘ collaboration which is still dominating the Asian charts globally and reignited the Urban Asian music scene.
‘Time’ features Raxstar’s inimitable flow and delivery, coupled with F1rstman’s signature style, effortlessly fusing to create a cross-culture UK, European, Urban and Punjabi soundclash. The result is a brilliantly catchy and vibrant summer track which is brimming with energy and colour.
On the new single, Raxstar says, “Having worked with F1rstman and the other British artists on a big collaboration like ‘Dance’ very recently it reaffirmed that our artists collaborating only results in great ideas and big songs. Having worked with producer Morry from Holland, ‘Time’ is another example of combining some incredible creative talents musically but also visually and fans will really enjoy the summer vibe”.
Raxstar is one of the UK’s most successful Asian music exports, having had over 60+ million hits over the last few years. The British rapper has collaborated with the likes of Arjun, Zack Knight, Mickey Singh, The PropheC, Pav Dharia, Kanika Kapoor, Shreya Ghoshal, H Dhami, Amar Sandhu and many more, and remains one of the go-to British Asian music artists. Raxstar has recently taken his music to the theatre, collaborating with Rifco Theatre Company, and his lyrics will be featured in an upcoming British stage production, ‘Mushy: Lyrically Speaking’.
Canadian producer BigBob drops the visual to his recent track CAUSE FOR CONCERN, featuring New York-based emcees, Milano Constantine, and Mic Handz, with cuts by Hollywood’s LDontheCut
Imagine your favorite rappers from New York in an episode of Law & Order and you fundamentally have the visuals for ‘Cause For Concern’ featuring Def Squad’s own Mic Handz & Milano Constantine of DITC. It should come as no surprise that a place like New York City can conjure such deep emotion and crime realism.
Director Verity Rollins takes us along a detailed story with cameos from NY rappers, Juxx Diamondz and Stuck B, brother of the late rapper, Sean Price. The video and the track are both produced by independent Hip Hop label, Elite Sound International (ESI) with BigBob Pattison on the beat and LDonTheCut on the cuts.
Cause For Concern-Mic Handz, Milano Constantine & LDonThe Cut Prod. by BigBob *OFFICIAL VIDEO* - YouTube
Milano Constantine & Mic Handz ft. LDontheCut – Cause For Concern via iTunes/Spotify