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Drake Teams Up with Netflix for the Return of Gritty Brit Drama 'Top Boy'

The multi-faceted entertainer makes his break into producing with revamp of the popular British drama series.

Drake is flexing his versatile muscles and he teams up with Netflix to bring a new chapter of Top Boy—the gripping British drama series that follows two drug dealers at a public housing estate in East London.


Created and written by Ronan Bennett, the original series aired two seasons in the UK before ending in 2013. The new installment will be executive produced by Drake and his business partner Abel "Future" Nur, along with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson for SpringHill Entertainment.

Here's the new chapter's synopsis from Netflix:

"The new episodes pick up as Dushane (Ashley Walters) returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully (Kane Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner, and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile – prison – comes to an end. Awaiting them both is Jamie, the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully."

Drake stumbled on the series on YouTube was instantly hooked.

"That human element drew me in," he says in an interview with The Hollywood ReporterThe Hollywood Reporter. "I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, 'This show is incredible.'"

Top Boy will be Drake and Future's first go at television production and will also serve as musical supervisors for the revamp. The duo's long-term goal is to speak to the next generation and give opportunities to creators across all platforms including TV, feature film, short form, documentary and digital platforms.

They premiered their first movie as producers, The Carter Effect, a documentary about NBA star Vince Carter, at the Toronto Film Festival in September—so they're well on their way to staying on course with their mission.

Salute, Drake!

Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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"85 to Africa" album art.

Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

It's been two years since Jidenna dropped his debut album, The Chief, today, the artist shares his latest studio album 85 to Africa.

In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

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Mr Eazi & Simi Drop the New Single and Video For 'Doyin'

A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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