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B3nchMarQ’s Music Video For ‘Left The City’ Chronicles The Duo’s Journey In The Game

Watch B3nchMarQ's latest music video.

South African hip-hop duo B3nchMarQ recently released a music video for "Left The City," which is the opening song for their debut album, 2018's We Had Hope.


In the song, the rappers chronicle their personal growth and their adventures in the industry. Coming into their album, B3nchMarQ had a lot to get off their chests. Their highly publicized departure from the label Ambitiouz Entertainment was still lingering above their heads. The album's title may or may not be making a reference to their short-lived relationship with the label.

"Left The City" starts with a phone call between a mother and a son. She's explaining to him how to prepare chicken livers. This is a sign that the son just moved out of his house, and must now start taking care of himself, which includes learning how to cook.

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Over a key-laden instrumental, the MCs spit emotive verses about their aspirations, the means they have deployed to better their lives, and they sound hopeful about the future.

The music video follows the song's story arc, and plays out like a mini documentary. The video consists a montage of clips filmed in different occasions, and together they give you a slight picture of their journey. You can see the crew in studio, performing and doing interviews.

B3nchMarQ released their 17-track debut album last year, and it saw them attempt to be more expressive in their rhymes, telling personal stories as opposed to gunning for potential chart toppers as they did with singles like "Bonang" and "Get Lit."

Watch the music video for "Left The City" below, and download We Had Hope here.

B3nchMarQ - Left The City (Official Video) www.youtube.com




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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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