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Diamond, Brazil’s Baddest Teen Rap Trio, Return With a New Single

Diamond, formerly Pearls Negras, continue their outspoken criticism of Brazil’s government with the backdrop of the Olympic games.

We were first hooked on the high-octane sound of teenage rap trio Pearls Negras two years ago during Brazil’s World Cup, as the all-girl crew dropped unapologetic battle cries like “Guerreira.”


Now under the new name of Diamond, the trio of Alice, Jeni and Mari are continuing their outspoken criticism of Brazil’s government ahead another major sporting event: the Olympic games.

Diamond’s new single “Bad Girls” showcases their blend of baile funk, distorted electronics, and hip-hop beats, a style previously heard on their impressive Biggie Apple and Nossa Gang mixtapes.

Like their previous work, it sees the trio repping the sounds and concerns of favelas like Rio de Janeiro’s Vidigal, where the group hails from.

Stream Diamond’s new single “Bad Girls” below and revisit last year's "Meu Bem" video underneath to get reacquainted with the crew.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

B3nchMarQ and the Art of Making Something From Nothing

B3nchMarQ's EP consists of great songs that don't require much from the listener—but it bangs.

There's nothing groundbreaking about South African rap duo B3nchMarQ's debut release ASPEN EP. But one indisputable fact is that it bangs.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nasty C and French Montana Hit the Club In the Video for ‘Allow’

Watch the video to Nasty C and French Montana's new collaboration.

South African rapper Nasty C just released the visuals to "Allow," his collaboration with French Montana. The song is featured on Bad Hair Extensions, the re-release of Bad Hair, the Durban-born rapper's debut album.

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Courtesy of Jojo Abot.

Let Jojo Abot's New Afrofuturistic Video Hypnotize You

The Ghanaian artist releases the new video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," an entirely iPhone-recorded track.

Jojo Abot is rounding out a strong year which has seen her tour South Africa, release the NGIWUNKULUNKULU EP and work with institutions like the New Museum, Red Bull Sound Select and MoMA on her art and performances.

Jojo is now sharing her latest music video for "Nye VeVe SeSe," a song featured on her iPhone-only production project, Diary Of A Traveler.

"Nye Veve Sese is an invitation to let go of the burden of pain and suffering that keeps us from becoming our best and greatest selves," a statement from Jojo's team reads. "Asking the question of why pain is pleasurable to both the one in pain and the source of the pain. Often time the two being one and the same."

Watch her new "meditative piece," which was shot in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, below.

Jojo Abot will be playing her final US show of the year in New York City alongside Oshun on October 26 at Nublu 151. Grab your tickets here.

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