Andy Mkosi’s DMs Are Dry, So She Made An EP About It

Listen to Andy Mkosi's new EP Dry In The DMs.

Cape Town rapper Andy Mkosi clearly has relationship issues. In her previous projects, she has touched on just how tricky and awkward her interactions with women have been. Her previous EP, NdineFeelings, revolved around the same subject.

Now based in Philadelphia, things still refuse to pop for Mkosi. It doesn't go down in her DMs, so she decided to name her latest EP after that misfortune.

But Dry In The DMs is more than just about getting blue-ticked and awkward interactions with her crushes. She kicks off the EP with the song "Untitled" in which, among other things, she muses about being an artist in Cape Town and the difficulty of navigating the art space in the city.

The song "Opulence, Tu" sees her voicing out her opinions about her impatience to get financial freedom, while on "Baby, VN Me Please," she weaves some social commentary into steamy rhymes.

On the tongue-in-cheek "Dry In The DM," she raps, "Get more texts from fellow rappers than from fellow females/ Now lemme break this down in detail/ It's dry in my DMs/ WhatsApps and emails/ No nudes on my feeds/ Is this karma, am I paying for my deeds?"

On the song "Sunshine," the rapper trades verses with New York City-based, Cape Town-born poet Lee Mokobe about their relationship with their respective crafts.

in Dry In The DMs, Andy Mkosi is sounding better than she has before, with coherent verses, conviction in her delivery, and some impressive writing.

Production-wise, she sticks to her guns–she raps over mellow instrumentals that are inspired by the golden era, courtesy of producers she has worked with before: Mokhele Ntho and Arsenic. Psychedelic AK and Tembinkosi also provide some audio canvases for the rapper to paint her existential stories that will make you both chuckle and ponder.

Listen to Dry In The DM below, and download it here.

Follow Andy Mkosi on Twitter and Facebook.

News Brief
Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


Interview: Sincerely Ria Is Giving Guinean Fashion Its Flowers

And designer Mariama Diallo's NYFW debut celebrates the vibrancy and uniqueness of Guinea and its Fulani culture.