Afrikan Boy Stands Up For Immigrants In 'Border Business'

Afrikan Boy tackles immigration issues and discusses his experience performing at a refugee camp in Calais with his latest single "Border Business."

Afrikan Boy boldly addresses the on-going issues facing migrants in his latest release "Border Business." The rapper highlights the social and financial struggles that surround immigration by delivering his rhymes from the perspective of a Nigerian immigrant in London, "I'm still a refugee, slave to the currency that deceives me" raps Afrikan Boy. He goes on to express the hardships of having an unfavorable, low-paying job and describes feeling like an outsider in his new home. “When immigrants come to the UK, most of them are willing to work jobs that British citizens like myself are not willing to do. The lyrics to 'Border Business' are just about representing that point of view," mentions the afro-grime MC. The song is colorful and upbeat despite its heavy subject matter and ends on an optimistic note, "never be afraid to live your life, life is a blank check and I'll sign it how the fuck I like."

Afrikan Boy recently performed at a refugee camp in Calais, France which currently holds 4,000 displaced persons from various countries. He spoke about the experience in an interview with Noisey and gave some background on the origins of "Border Business." "I wrote "Border Business" around 2008 / 2009 and it came up on an EP called What Took You So Long that I made when I was studying for my degree. I didn't write it as a response to the current climate. I wrote it because the situation has always been happening. Music has always been my visa. If I hadn't made music then I wouldn't have been invited to come to Calais to play and then write more music that relates to that situation. Music has always been my school of discovery and it is my source of connection," says the rapper. Listen to the track below, for more from Afrikan Boy, check out his latest album The ABCD.

Update 11/30: Watch the Calais-shot music video for "Border Business" below.


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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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