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Best Music of the Week: Burna Boy, Mr Eazi x Shatta Wale, YoungstaCPT & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.


Burna Boy "Rock Your Body"

Burna Boy connected with British-Ghanaian producer Juls earlier this year for "Rock Your Body," a mellow dance single which now has a dark, steamy new music video you can check out above.

Juls, by the way, will be hosting a special showcase at OkaySpace in Brooklyn next week. RSVP here.

Shatta Wale x Mr Eazi "Haters"

Ghanaian heavyweight Shatta Wale and Mr Eazi deliver the fiery video to their recent collaboration. The Sesan-directed clip follows the pair as they duck and, literally, roast their "Haters."

YoungstaCPT drops two mixtapes

South African rapper YoungstaCPT doesn't sleep. Today he released two mixtapes at the same time, which puts him at 29 mixtapes in a space of less than five years. One is called How To Make It In South Africa, which is entirely produced by Loopsta, who produced the rapper's single “Takkies." The second is called Kaapstad's Revenge, and is entirely produced by J-Beatz, who produced his 2015 hit “Salutas." Both tapes include mostly trap production, which YoungstaCPT laces with solid flows, great storytelling and all that good stuff.

Oddisee "You Grew Up"

Sudanese-American rapper Oddisee takes a look at the root of racial issues through the story of two childhood friends who grew apart: one black, one white. "I've always attempted to see polarizing issues from both sides. If we tackle issues from the root, perhaps we as a people can be more effective in solving them. Giving context to how an officer would shoot an innocent person and showing how we're indoctrinated into our beliefs and biases could possibly inspire new methods to deal with them."

Sampa The Great "Rhymes To The East"

Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and now Australian-based rapper, poet and singer Sampa The Great landed on our radar with her solid 2015 debut mixtape, The Great. She now returns with the hypnotizing new single, "Rhymes To The East." Catch Sampa on her UK tour opening for Joey Bada$.

Bantu "Lagos Barbie"

Lagos-based 13-piece band, Bantu, shares the first music video from their oustanding album, Agberos International. As the band states, the playful music video follows "a hair obsessed lady who unwittingly finds herself time traveling through several decades while trying to get her hair weave fixed." Check it out above.

A-Reece “?"

A-Reece has been on a roll this year. His single “Meanwhile in Honeydew" is one of the most solid SA releases of the year. Yesterday, he dropped “?," another firestarter which is produced by his long-time producer Mash Beatz.

Ewube "Fall 4 U"

Cameroon's dancehall and R&B singer Ewube's quickly rising in the scene. Revisit her beachside romantic video for "Fall 4 U" above, which is newly available on iTunes alongside her hits "Choleh Me," "Trowey" featuring Rude Bwai, "Party All Nyte," and

"Pop It."

Mic Monsta

Keeping things in Cameroon, check out Mic Monsta's highly-energetic 7-track effort, Mic Monsta The EP. It's now available on iTunes alongside his previous drops Kwata State of Mind and Random Thoughts Freestyle Pt 1.

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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The French rapper is currently on trial for his music video "Hang White People," which depicts what life might be like if the racial tables were turned.

When the music video "Pendez les Blancs" ("Hang White people") by French rapper Nick Conrad was released, the backlash was intense. The video shows what life would be if black people had enslaved white people. "Hang white people… arm them and let them kill each other" Conrad raps. He is not the first artist to think about a life where Black people would dominate white people. Todric Hall's music video "Forbidden" and Malorie Blackman's novels "Noughts and Crosses" did it before. But in France, a country that still tries to stop Black people from organising as a community, Nick Conrad had to pay the price.

First, he received countless death threats and lost his job at a prestigious French hotel. Everyone, from French personalities to the government called him out. And then, two anti-racist and anti-semitism organizations, the LICRA and L'AGRIF sued him. His trial happened last week. French journalist Sihame Assbague was there to witness it, and what she reports is baffling.

To the prosecution, Conrad is encouraging his audience to kill white people. They believe that anti white racism or "reverse racism" is just as bad as any type of racism and that Conrad is using a "black supremacist language" with words like "queen" "king" when he mentions Africa. In their mind, once Black people stop trying to integrate and start organising themselves, it's just as bad as white people being racist. Ethnocentrism is dangerous.

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