Music

25K Drops Visuals for ‘Netflix’ Featuring Doobie Man

Watch 25K's new music video.

25K released the single "Netflix" around the same time this year. The single recently got treated to visuals.


Just like most of 25K's music, "Netflix" makes reference to a lot of activities that occur in the streets over trap production. Which you would expect from a rapper whose epithet is "The Plug" and another called Doobie Man.

The song is produced by Mega Beats who 25K has worked with extensively on many songs, including the rapper's viral hit "Culture Vulture," which recently saw Emtee and AKA jump on its remix.

In the video, directed by Untamed Pictures' Ayanda Mayo Sedibe, the rappers and their goons can be seen making illegal deals, exchanging cash for a mysterious backpack.

As mentioned above, the song is a year-old. It might be too old a song for other rappers to film visuals for. But, 25K's first hit "Culture Vulture" was only treated to a video a year and a half since its release, and it went viral another year and a half later (more about that here).

So, you may choose to sleep on "Netflix" now, but you just might find yourself jamming to it in the future.

25K has been on everyone's radar since the success of "Culture Vulture" and his deal with Universal Music Group.

Watch the music video for "Netflix" and stream the song underneath.

25K & Doobie Man - Netflix (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


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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 guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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