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Premiere: Gabriel Teodros x AirMe '24 Hour Layover'

Ethiopian/Seattleite MC Gabriel Teodros teamed up with Ethiopian-American producer AirMe on '24 Hour Layover.'


Photo of the original "24 Hour Layover" recording session provided by Gabriel Teodros

Life handed Gabriel Teodros a 24 hour layover and with that the Ethiopian/Seattleite MC made soulful wordplay for anyone who has ever felt in flux between two homes. Back in 2011 Teodros found himself in DC for the day, the intersection of his trip between Ethiopia (where he was touring Meklit Hadero, Burntface, Kaid and Saba Kahsay) and his Seattle hometown. With a few hours to spare, friends introduced Teodros to Ethiopian-American producer AirMe. The pair linked up that same day at a studio and recorded "24 Hour Layover." Said Teodros on the 10,000+ miles of separation at the heart of the recording:

"This one is for anyone that ever had to leave the people they love, when no parts of you really want to go. Also, especially for everyone that saw me off at the airport in Addis... I landed in DC and recorded this right away. Love"

Listen to Gabriel Teodros' latest below. "24 Hour Layover"– the initial impetus for a total of 20 tracks Teodros and AirMe would co-create a month later (and finish mastering the following year)– is the first single off the upcoming Children Of The Dragon LP. Stay tuned for more drops leading up to the album's May 7th release.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

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Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

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The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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