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Listen To AKA And Stogie T’s Collaboration ‘StarSigns’

AKA drops a new song to silence those who think can't rap anymore.

AKA just released his latest single "StarSigns," which is highly likely from his upcoming album Touch My Blood.


On the song, AKA returns to his rap roots, which he has been abandoning for pop star aspirations. Even though his vocals are autotuned, Supa Mega packs some serious heat. He takes a look at where he started, traces his journey, rubs his longevity on your face, and sneers at his competition.

Stogie T's verse impresses, too. He spits lofty lines like, "I'm iconic, out in public, I say your name, you wouldn't do shit" and "Stamps in Lusaka, I'm abroad/ Can't get mufasa'd by antelopes." The latter is clearly a subliminal diss to Cassper Nyovest, who the veteran hasn't been shy to bully lyrically.

So far, 2018 has been a great year for South African hip-hop. Solo and BETR Gang dropped a great album, Tour Dates. B3nchMarQ released a potent EP, 1st Quarter, and a few singles. And now "StarSigns."

Hopefully, things elevate from here.

Listen to "StarSign" below, and download it here.

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Photo courtesy of AYLØ.

Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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