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Ed Sheeran Continues to Try with the Stormzy Remix of 'Shape of You,' Twitter Responds

Ed Sheeran tried his hand at afrobeats with his single "Shape of You." Not everyone's feeling it.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of Ed Sheeran, I find his unkempt swagger to be quite charming and I think the man has soul.


I'm so unabashed in my affinity for Ed Sheeran that, although I can admit that he's slightly out of his musical lane with his latest song "Shape of You," I still think it's a jam.

His afro-dancehall-isnpired single has been met with mixed reviews, but that hasn't stopped him from pushing it a step further with a new remix of the song featuring Ghanaian grime artist Stormzy, just a few days after the two performed the song at the BRITs.

It doesn't do much in the way of actually "remixing" the song, it still pretty much sounds like an afrobeats song made by a white person, except with Stormzy's voice towards the end. But, as I mentioned earlier, I actually enjoy the tune, so I'm not complaining.

Some folks on Twitter, however, have different thoughts on the matter.

The song was originally intended for Rihanna, which may explain its afro-Carribean feel, but Sheeran decided to record it himself after she turned it down. Should he have just counted it as a loss and let the song go? Listen below and decide for yourself.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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