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Audio: GQ's XQZ The Mix EP (Produced by Str8 Buttah's XYZ)


Up-and-coming Nigerian rapper GQ , best known for his 2010 debut Therapy Music and his Asa-sampling Reflections On A Soul: The Unofficial Remixes, has enlisted Str8 Buttah's own dexterous MC/Producer XYZ for his latest effort, XQZ The Mix EP. The tracks here don't stray far from Str8 Buttah collective's signature sound (not a bad thing), with beats reminiscent of DJ Premiere and RZA and hyper-aware, Lagos street perspective rhymes. There's even a Chris Rock sample sprinkled in there — possible Yeezy influence?

Check out standout track "Where I'm From feat. Gifted"  below and snatch XQZ The Mix EP.

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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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