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Listen to Petite Noir Join Danny Brown on Brilliant New Song, 'Rolling Stone'

Detroit rapper Danny Brown and South African noirwaver Petite Noir are a match made in heaven.

Danny Brown has a new album coming out at the end of the month. Atrocity Exhibition is the Detroit rapper’s first since 2013’s Old, and sandwiched in between the album opener and a collab with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt is a track featuring and produced by Petite Noir.


“Rolling Stone” premiered today on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast, and it’s exactly the follow-up we needed to the South African noirwave founder’s 2015 masterpiece, La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful. Simply put: Danny Brown and Petite Noir are a match made in heaven.

Speaking with Timmhotep Aku, the rapper revealed the track came about via the great connector that is Twitter. It all started with a DM from Petite Noir that prompted Brown to check the singer/producer’s music out at 4 in the morning. Brown was an instant fan. At that point, he was pretty much finished with the album. “Rolling Stone,” he mentions, was like a cherry on top. Petite Noir sent him a beat and a hook and Brown couldn't pass him up.

Tune in to the NPR player around the 25:50 mark. Atrocity Exhibition is out September 30 on Warp Records.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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