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Nasty C collaborated with French Montana last year. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabeka.

The 10 Best SA-US Hip-Hop Collaborations

These 10 South African-US hip-hop collaborations hit the spot.

It was the rapper HHP (aka Jabba) who made it look easy circa 2009 when he started collaborating with renowned US hip-hop artists that were otherwise thought of to be out reach. On his double album Dumela (2009), alongside African superstars such as Naeto C and Nazizi, Jabba collaborated with Nas. The song, titled "Keledimo" was okay. In a confusing turn of events, Nas would then go on to re-use the verse he had given to Jabba on "Leaders," a song he did with Damian Marley from the Distant Relatives album.

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9 of the Best Songs About Africa By Artists From the Diaspora

From Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill to Kanye West and many more, here are nine of our favorite songs about Africa by artists from the diaspora.

Africa, both as a place and a concept, has inspired some of the best works from musicians in the diaspora. For many, creating songs that highlight the continent is a way of fostering a connection with their African heritage.

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11 Samples From 'Éthiopiques': A Brief History of Ethio-Jazz Cultural Exchange

11 songs that sample from the golden age of Ethiopian jazz featuring Mulatu Astatke, Nas, K'naan, Madlib, Jay Z and more.

It’s 2000 something. I’m holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon’s suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine dudes jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

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