Here’s An Ethiopian Cover of 'Controlla'

Ras Nebyu—a Washington, DC-based Ethiopian rapper—steps up to the plate to handle this freestyle remix of “Controlla.”

We’ve seen the Kenyan oldies version, now it’s time for the Ethiopian take on Drake’s massive summer single.

This time it’s Ras Nebyu—a Washington, DC-based rapper originally from Adama—who steps up to the plate to handle this freestyle remix of “Controlla.”

Ras Nebyu’s cover, titled “Shikorina,” zooms in on a beautiful Ethiopian girl the MC at clubs and parties around DC’s K Street.

“Shikorina” means “beautiful, sweet like sugar [and is] used to describe a lover, daughter, or friend” in Tigrinya, the MC explains.

The Washington DC metropolitan area, as you might know, has the largest community of Ethiopians not living in Africa. So it's no surprise that this Ethiopian-American love story comes out of the capital city.

Stream Ras Nebyu’s “Shikorina (Controlla Riddim)” above and check out his Slizzatrism mixtape for more.


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Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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