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Stream Nigerian Afrobeat/Hip-Hop Artist Kahli Abdu's 'The Grind Theory'

In 2005, Jos, Nigeria native Kahli Abdu had two choices - stay at home and continue his steady rise in the local hip-hop scene with his close friends Jesse Jagz and M.I., or move to the U.S. with his mother and siblings, his mother having just accepted a promotion with Voice of America. Kahli chose to stay with his family, moving to a suburb of Washington D.C., where the grind of working a 9-5 while trying to make a name for himself in the U.S. music industry could only be consoled by the ultimate prize: a U.S. Green card, which Kahli did eventually earn.  Kahli is currently back in Nigeria working on his next album, and spending a lot of time with his old friends who are doing very well for themselves. He also plans to release a “Fela mixtape” in the next month, in which every song will sample the late afrobeat legend. In "Dutty Collar," produced by Jesse Jagz, Kahli expresses his distaste for corporate America and the “9-5.”  Listen to and download Kahli's entire album, The Grind Theory.


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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