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Ice Prince x Iyanya 'Freestyle'

Listen to Ice Prince and Iyana's new song "Freestyle."


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While touring this week in the UK, Chocolate City spitter Ice Prince linked up with fellow Nigerian "Kukere" Master Iyanya to give us a reflective freestyle on their life in the music industry spotlight. When last we heard from Mr. Zamani he was crafting club nodding bars on Ghanaian rapper Dee Moneey's "Finish Line" remix. This time around, cooked over an Ajay-produced beat, and simply called, "Freestyle," Ice Prince slows it down and reminisces on his ambitions as a rapper and the costs that come with fame. Triple MG heavy hitter Iyanya veers left as well from his usual Soukous-inspired style and instead flexes his vocals with melodic notes to accompany Ice Prince’s verses. Don't be fooled by the title– the song is more full-blown Naija pop music than an improvised freestyle. That aside, both artists flex their versatility in being able to produce not just club bangers but more laid-back mellow tracks as well. Listen to Ice Prince and Iyanya's "Freestyle" below.

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>>>Download: Ice Prince ft. Iyanya "Freestyle"

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Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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