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Audio: Brotha Onaci's Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2


Philly's Brotha Onaci, the hands behind Africa In Your Earbuds #7, bridges East Coast underground and the diaspora in Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2. Selections span the likes of Akua Naru, Blitz the Ambassador, and Str8 Buttah dudes The Invisible Enigma and Teck-Zilla. Listen and grab below.

TRACKLIST

1. DJ.BasketQASE – “Beat For Frankie Ruiz”

2. R.i.C (Rumor in the Chi) – “Unconditional Love” F. Nicole Eboni

3. The Invisible Enigma – “Strawberry Jam in Jarheads” [prod by Teck-Zilla]

4. DETROIT PIStoLS (Power Is Surrendering to Love's Strength) – “Ground Beneath My Feet” [prod by Sterling Toles]

5. Just Jay – “Going All In” [prod by TallBlackGuy]

6. Akua Naru – “The Wound” F. Blitz the Ambassador

7. K-Nel – “Nina Nnjaa” F. Kawira

8. Josh – “Throw It Up”

9. Synik – “God Within”

10. Sincerely Yours – “It’s All Good” [prod by Slot-A]

11. Fecko the Emcee – “Flow Global” (Afrobeat Remix) [prod by Teck-Zilla]

12. KrisDeLaRash – “Consumption”

13. Emcee Nemesis – “The Children”

14. Neak – “It’s Your World” [prod by INTLMC & Slot-A]

15. Add-2 – “God Bless The Dead” [prod by Slot-A]

16. Abstract Wolff – “Rose Amilla”

17. Vallentine & Arazan – “Dark Sunrise” [courtesy of Slang Audio Records and Keleketla! Library]

18. K-Von the Great – “I Will Achieve”

19. Amun Miraaj – “Hell”

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