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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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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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