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The Side Eye: Nas Promoter Held Hostage In Angola


Reports state that an American concert promoter and his son are being held "hostage" due to Nas' failure to appear at a heavily promoted New Year's Eve concert in Luanda. Patrick Allocco, a NJ-based promoter, had worked with Angolan promoter Henrique "Riquhino" Miguel to bring Nas to the southern African country.

Miguel wired around $300K to Nas' camp, but the rapper never even made it on a plane citing "miscommunication" (he did make it to LeBron James' party in Miami though). Allocco and his son were then allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint and are being held until Nas returns all the $300,000 owed plus an additional $50K for expenses.

There's a whole lot of details about this story that still remain unclear so we're side-eyeing the whole episode. Hope everyone stays safe though.

UPDATE: Patrick Allocco explains the Nas/concert/money situation via phone from Angola where he is still being held hostage via VLAD TV, stream below.

Ironic clip of Nas on the lack of American artists performing in Africa below.

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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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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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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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