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AKA’s Latest Song ‘Practice’ Is Straight Raps, No Auto-Tune

It's bars everywhere.

South African rapper AKA has been rapping less and less, in his efforts to become an overall pop star. But his latest song, "Practice," is, for the lack of a better word, raw.


It brings out the aggression of AKA of Altar Ego days. The beat leads with a droning electric guitar, and AKA laces it with battle-ready raps like, "ASAP with the bag, b/ Yeah, I rap, but they pay me like an athlete" and "Keep it sexy, flexy/ But taking it slowly never impress me/ That' why I got the game by the testis/ King Forbes that's how you address me."

The song is essentially an ad for Reebok, which AKA is in a partnership with. But he only namedrops the brand once on the song. The branding is more prevalent in the music video, which shows Supa Mega rapping as he walks in a building and eventually walks out onto the rooftop.

"Practice," will however, not appear on AKA's upcoming album, Touch My Blood, which is out June 15.

Watch the video for "Practice" below, and download the song here.


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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