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Ice Prince, Phyno & Olamide Connect For Nigerian Youth To 'Get Some Money'

Nigerian stars Ice Prince, Phyno and Olamide collaborate on "Get Some Money," a track in support of #DigitalJobs for Nigerian youth.


Nigerian stars Ice Prince, Phyno and Olamide collaborate over syncopated synthesizers in "Get Some Money," a track put together by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) in support of their #DigitalJobs project. PIN is a social enterprise that aims to connect Nigerian youth with online job opportunities, with a specific concentration on "the ill effects of unemployment and cybercrime, among other vices that limit the potential contribution of young Nigerians to the nation’s economy," as a press statement notes, "#DigitalJobs seek[s] to connect 50,000 young Nigerians with digital jobs... [in] hopes that Nigerian youths will desist from internet fraud and look into more honest and lucrative ways of making a living on the internet."  Even though it's a straight-up promo track for the project, "Get Some Money" is actually quite the dancefloor banger. Get all the info on the initiative over at PIN's site. Stream and download Ice Prince, Phyno and Olamide's "Get Some Money" below.

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>>>Download: Ice Prince, Phyno and Olamide's "Get Some Money"

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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