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Fela Kuti And The Case Of Questlove, Prince & 'Finding Nemo' Animated In Storyville #2

Remember when Questlove said Prince once fired him as a DJ and played Finding Nemo instead? Fela Kuti, it turns out, was at the heart of the story.

Questlove, Fela Kuti and Prince in Okayplayer's Storyville #2 animated by Hectah.


Remember the time Questlove said Prince once fired him from a DJ gig and played Finding Nemo (you know, the Pixar movie about a fish...) instead? Well it turns out there’s much more to the story. And even more amazingly, the music of Fela Kuti is at the heart of all of it. That’s right, the father of afrobeat is the key to unlocking the story of Questlove, Prince and the case of the cartoon fish.

Okayplayer has the full story as told by Questlove himself. Even better, we got illustrator extraordinaire Hectah to animate the entire debacle into the latest episode of OKP’s Storyville series.

As the story goes, Questo was at a Prince show in Philly when he was asked to throw a party that night for his Purple Majesty. Questo saw it as the perfect opportunity to introduce one of his heroes to the music of another of his heroes. “Knowing how derivative Prince was to James Brown, I just knew he was going to flip over Fela Kuti’s music,” he says.

Prince apparently wasn’t loving it. Questlove was flabbergasted. “To that point, nobody fronted on Fela.” Not even “Shakara” could convince Prince of Fela’s mastery.

Of course, you’ll have to watch on to get the full story of the time Questlove tried to spin Fela at Prince’s party (hint: he was replaced by a certain fish...)

Bonus points to anyone who can spot a cameo from one of the Finding Nemo stars!

Oh, and don’t forget to wish Questlove a happy birthday today! (We’re playing Quest’s favorite Fela songs all day in his honor)

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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