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Ice Prince x Iyanya 'Freestyle'

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


Photo via Ice Prince

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"

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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