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Listen to Emtee’s New Song ‘Prayer’

You'll have this one on repeat.

Emtee just released a new single. "Prayer" is Emtee in his element, reminiscent of his recent EP DIY 2 (2018). Just like most of his songs, "Prayer" consists of a good balance between singing and rapping.


The South African hip-hop artist sounds comfortable with who he is, rapping lines like, "They want punchlines, like the shit I'm making is whack," and "It's too late, now I'm feeling myself/ No matter how it go, I ain't killin' myself."

"Prayer" was produced by Kreazo, who also produced most of DIY 2.

It's been a quiet year for Emtee. The last song he released was the throwaway "Smogolo." He has appeared on songs by Rouge and J Smash, but no solo songs. For most of the first half of 2018, Emtee has been making headlines for his dispute with Ambitiouz Entertainment, the label he's been signed to since 2016.

Hopefully, "Prayer" marks a new beginning for the talented artist, and he will be releasing more music in the remaining months of the year. He has been sharing with his Twitter followers that he's in studio.

Stream "Prayer" below:


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

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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