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Watch the Music Video For Davido's New Song 'FEM'

With FEM's 5 million views in 4 days on Youtube, could Nigerian superstar Davido break his own streaming records?

Davido returns with "FEM," the first song off his highly anticipated next album, A Better Time, expected to come out in October. The uplifting, yet threatening, song comes after a months long social media hiatus from the Nigerian superstar, during which he's been rumored to be working on his upcoming album.


"FEM" is Davido's first official single of the year and seems to address those people that talk too much.

"To the people talking about you because they don't understand your shine, they don't understand your grace," Davido wrote on Instagram, "they don't understand why they can never be what you are or have what you have... we say #FEM... Heard y'all missed me."

Some have pointed to the songs lyrics to argue that it is, in fact, a thinly veiled Burna Boy diss track with lines like:

Bеfore the, beforе the matter get serious
Before the whole matter gets dangerous
You need to make sure you don't say too much
'Cause if you say too much, I fit to run up on you

In fact, one line "Tell Odogwu that we love to party" is pretty explicitly a dig at The African Giant himself with "Odogwu" being an Igbo title that Burna often gives to himself and "Like to Party" being the title of one of Burna Boy's standout early songs.

But if you're a Burna stan getting worked up over this rivalry, writer Oris Aigbokhaevbolo over on Medium suggests, you might want to get a hold of yourself. They write:

Some have said that the song's title is affiliated to Nigerian cult culture, which boosts the controversy. But "fem" used to be a quite popular word use by adults to silence kids in the 1990s. At the worst, the word is linked to violent groups; at best, it's linked to scolding.

Watch the new music video for Davido's new single "FEM" below and tell us what you think on Facebook.

The massively popular video has received 5 million views in under 4 days putting it on track to become one of Davido's most popular videos.


Davido - FEM (Official Video) www.youtube.com



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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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