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How Diddy’s Tweet Started a Hilarious Dispute Between 2 of South Africa's Biggest Rappers

Pass the popcorn!

It all started with a tweet, just like Cassper Nyovest and AKA's ongoing beef. Yesterday, Diddy tweeted a gif of himself and captioned it with the watermelon emoji.

AKA's own personalized vodka in partnership with the alcohol brand Cruz is watermelon flavored. The MC jokingly responded to Diddy's tweet, "Everybody loves watermelon."



The tricky part is that Cassper Nyovest, who's an ambassador for Ciroc in South Africa, has a feud with AKA that dates back to 2014. South Africans on Twitter started speculating that the watermelon Diddy tweeted was an upcoming Ciroc flavor.

Read: AKA, Cassper Nyovest & South Africa's Biggest Hip-Hop Beef

This, of course, didn't go down well with Cassper Nyovest, who responded to Diddy's tweet with the "no entry" emoji. Later, Diddy tweeted an ad for the watermelon flavor of Ciroc.

Twitter started having fun with it, making jokes at both AKA and Cassper's expense—mostly Cassper—as many felt he had no business entertaining something so petty, especially since it didn't have much to do with him.

AKA tweeted, "Imagine beefing with a fruit." This morning, Cassper tweeted a press release to dispel the rumor that Ciroc would be launching a watermelon flavor.


The rappers' fans have been having a field day all day, with some artists affiliated with each artist joining in, either defending their friend or just having fun.


The two rappers are still sending each other subliminal messages on Twitter.

Cassper Nyovest and AKA's beef has become a beast of its own that has survived many attempts to put it to sleep. The last gesture involved AKA expressing that he was willing to perform at Cassper's Fill Up FNB Stadium in 2017, to which Cassper responded, " Just buy the ticket, bro."




You can revisit our analysis of the beef from 2015 here.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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