'Girls Killing It': Aina More And Her Crew Share The Vibrant Video For Their Ode To Fly Girls

London-based Nigerian rapper Aina More releases the colorful music video for her bouncy female empowerment anthem 'Girls Killing It'.

Last month we shared Aina More's anthemic single "Girls Killing It," the UK-based Nigerian emcee is now returning with the colorful visuals for the groovy, afro hip-hop ode to fly girls around the world. The London-shot video features Aina and her crew of fun, fierce females taking over a basketball court with their playfully sultry dance moves and looking effortlessly cool as they ride their bikes around the city sporting shirts with the words 'World Changers' plastered across them. Aina appears smooth and confident as she spits the empowering lyrics of the DJ Juls-produced track, reminding women of all walks of life to continue to push boundaries and "kill it" in all that they do. Watch below as Aina More and her team do just that in the vivacious video for "Girls Killing It".


6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

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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