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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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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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