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Golden Black and Zakwe’s Single ‘Cream’ is a Trap Homage to Wu Tang Clan’s ‘C.R.E.A.M’

The song uses the same sample as "C.R.E.A.M.," the difference is it's trap.

Durban hip-hop trio Golden Black's latest single "Cream" uses The Charmels' "As Long As I've Got You," the same sample as Wu Tang Clan's seminal 1993 single "C.R.E.A.M."

Just like the Wu Tang classic, Golden Black's "Cream" loops the first four seconds of "As Long As I've Got You," the piano loop that defines "C.R.E.A.M." The difference is, instead of the boom bap drum pattern on the Wu Tang classic, "Cream" sits over 808s and an excessive bassline, as is usually the case on trap songs.


The subject on matter on "Cream" is money, as expected, with fellow Durbanite Zakwe rapping, "I'm a herbivore with animals right beside me/ Leopards, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and lions," which is a reference to the animals that are on South African notes.

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Golden Black member Slay raps, "Was a youngin' when this shit just came out/ Catch you snitchin', introduce you to my Glock." He later makes reference to Eazy E and N.W.A., adding onto the nostalgia the song's built on.

Hip-hop, which is 46 years old, is young compared to other genres, but has given its young artists enough classics to sample. The genre has come full circle as it was built on sampling disco and blues records.

In the recent past, we've seen hip-hop artists sampling classic hip-hop songs and updating them to suit the current era. Examples aren't hard to come by—Meek Mill's "What's Free?" is an embellishment of The Notorious B.I.G.'s "What's Beef?" and Rick Ross' "Nobody" samples "You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)" also by Biggie. In South Africa, L-Tido turned the East Coast legend's "10 Crack Commandments" into a guide for the dating and hook-up game on his latest single "10 Mac."

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"Cream" is taken from Golden Black's latest project Bam, which is mostly trap, but pays homage to the culture of soul samples, on the songs "Cream" and "Purple Dreams."

Listen to "Cream" below and stream Bam underneath, or download it here.

Cream (feat. Zakwe) www.youtube.com



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First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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