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Here's An Afro-Caribbean Jam From Bush Tea

The Virigin Islands rapper shares her latest blend of 808s and unapologetic rhymes.

Bush Tea is a rapper coming out of the Virgin Islands who's creating some noteworthy tracks influenced by her Caribbean background and strong female stance.

Her sound blends stomping 808s with unapologetic rhymes and swagger you'll hear in this new single, "Fresh," which we're premiering here today.

"Fresh" is an addictive track that sees Bush Tea rapping about how on-point she is over steel pans and dancehall-meets-hip-hop beats. Basically, it's wavy island music—and we're here for it.


"I didn't want anyone telling me how to be sexy or what to say. I wanted to be sexy sometimes, tomboyish sometimes, conservative and abstract sometimes," Bush Tea tells OkayAfrica about the song. "And I'm so so happy to say that is exactly what I did, without anyone policing me. I was able to be open about the vastness of what we all are."

Get into "Fresh" below.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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