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Davido & Popcaan in "Risky."

Davido and Popcaan Connect For New Song, 'Risky'

Listen to "Risky," the new track from Nigerian star Davido & Popcaan, and watch its new music video.

Davido has just released his brand new single, "Risky," a taste from his upcoming album A Good Time, which is set to drop on November 22, 2019.

The new single sees the Nigerian heavyweight connecting with Jamaican star Popcaan as they both go in over afrofusion-meets-dancehall beat work. It was produced by DMW's in-house beatmaker Speroach Beatz.

The track notably features Davido doing a cheeky flip of his own freestyle he did on Shade 45 earlier this year, which was made fun of across social media. "What you all laughed at !! You will dance to !! " Davido posted on Twitter.

Watch the new music video for Davido and Popcaan's "Risky" below and find out the best ways to stream and download the song.

Watch: Davido - Risky (Official Video) ft. Popcaan

The track comes accompanied by a new London-shot music video directed by Meji Alabi, featuring the two stars.

The video appears to be a nod to the popular Netflix series "Top Boy," as it takes place in a similar East London housing estate setting, where an undercover informant is watching their every move.

The video opens with a tense diner scene where Popcaan and Davido go to exchange some words (much like a popular scene in Top Boy season 3 between main characters Jamie and Dushane). But while the characters in Top Boy battle over drug territory, it seems Popcaan and Davido are in a tiff over a girl, who turns out to be an informant.

A Good Time is set to include other singles like "Fall," "Assurance," and "Blow My Mind." The new album is scheduled to drop November 22 via Davido Worldwide Entertainment/Sony UK/RCA.

Davido taking revenge on his Shade 45 freestyle haters

In an interview with OkayAfrica's Rufaro Samanga in Johannesburg in February, Davido talked about how Risky went from viral freestyle to hit song.

OkayAfrica: Going back to your album and the single "Risky" with Popcaan, the track was very different to your signature sound. Was that intentional?

Funny enough, with "Risky," I blame the label too because it took me somewhere else. I just got there and they're like, "Yo alright let's go, Davido, boom!" I don't rap, I'm not a rapper. It was a joke to me and I was just having fun. Then, the way they chopped it up made it seem crazy. It came out and the internet went crazy. "Yo Davido can't freestyle" and all that. I don't even care because I'm a troll myself. Before I was myself, I used to troll artists, so I don't care about that. I was just sitting in the studio with my producer and it was like let's turn this shit into a song. Just sat down and we did that shit... Boom! Brought the beat and it was like three different versions of "Risky."

Lyrics: Davido - Risky ft. Popcaan

Weh! Trouble!
Woi yoi!(Speroach Beatz)
Big waist

Fine face
Ten days
I don dey wait for you my chargie
For you my chargie
You won dey form
No case
I no go talk
Scarface for you my chargie
For you my chargie

Take me, take me everywhere you want to go
Oh tell me, tell me everything I want to know
No lie, no no lie (yeah)
Run am, run am anyhow you want to run
Shake am, baby girl you fire pass e gun (trouble!)
No doubt, no no doubtBut you say
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky

Risky, risky
Yes yuh body risky
Risky, you no won go fifty fifty
Risky, risky, yes your body risky
Your body risky, risky, risky
Risky risky, yes your body risky
Risky, you no won go fifty fifty
Risky, risky, yes your body risky (yeah)
Risky (yeah)Been a very long time, gyal
Mi still ah wait fi yuh wine, uh
Body curve up, yuh clean and cute
Suh yuh nipple dem blow my mind
Me wi' gi' yuh money, anywhere, anytime
Jiggle up yuh body mek mi see yuh waistline, yeah
Mi know yuh need me, and your body risky
Ah high-grade and whiskey tonight
Gyal mi know yuh love get wild
Dress up inna di right hairstyle
Me wi' give yuh di world mi baby
Me seh you ah mi bonafide, yeah
Gyal me love yuh style
Ready fi go you di ring, girl child
You ah mi barbie doll, aye
You ah mi bonafide, yeahBut you say
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky

Risky risky, yes your body risky
Risky, you no won go fifty fifty
Risky, risky, yes your body risky (yeah)
Risky (yeah)Aunty Adizza
She cause disaster
Her body mad, if I, go Madagascar
Askie, call the pastor
Make e come pray and fast, bind and cast her
Cos if I talk one she talk ten oh
Many things I buy this girl I no fit tell oh
No lie, no no lie
Take me, take me everywhere you want to go
Oh tell me, tell me everything I want to know
No lie, no no lie, yeah
Run am, run am anyhow you want to run
Shake am , baby girl you fire pass gun
No doubt, no no doubt

But you say
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky
Kilo ko mi
I'm getting money
Big money
So what's funny?
Who be this kid?
Pour the Whiskey
Get tipsy
But odikwa risky

Risky risky, yes your body risky
Risky, you no won go fifty fifty
Risky, risky, yes your body risky
Risky, risky
Risky risky yes your body risky
Risky, you no won go fifty fifty
Risky, risky, yes your body risky (somebody risky)
Risky, risky, yes your body riskyShekpe
(Speroach beat)

How to download "Risky" by Davido featuring Popcaan

There are a number of good ways to download Risky by Davido ft. Popcaan straight to your device. Using Itunes you can purchase the song directly or you could use the subscription service Apple Music to download Risky directly to your phone. For Android users, the streaming service Spotify allows you to save songs like Risky to your phone's memory along with whole playlists if you like. Youtube music also now allows users to save videos to their devices for offline playback. Whichever way you do it, make sure there's enough room on your phone.

For more of the latest afrobeats hits, follow our Afrobeats Party playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.



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The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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