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Audio: Alec Lomami “Kinshasa”


7 times out of 10 I give French rapping a good old fashioned American side-eye. Before I get battered with insults and baguettes, just know that I’m not proud of my cultural bias, and I’m trying to get over it. Luckily there are artists like Alec Lomami (a Congolese rapper currently based in North Carolina) who put my petty nationalist predilections in perspective. On “Kinshasa” Lomami has a dexterous flow that surfs over a captivatingly cathodic beat. The song is down right narcotic. Currently I’m lounging on a beanbag chair, listening to the song for the 15th time, and zoning out like a dead-head.

This is the first track I’ve heard from Alec Lomami, but I’m ready to start taking French lessons for his upcoming EP, Melancholie Joyeuse, coming soon... at the very least I’ll bust out the Babel Fish.

Kinshasa by Alec Lomami

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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