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Nigerian-American Rapper Ikey's Radiant 'Olodo' Video

Nigerian-American rapper Ikey shares the official music video for "Olodo," the second single off his forthcoming 'Green Card' LP.


In the music video for his song "Olodo," Nigerian-American Ikey is a monk-rapper. After a few muffled guitar strums, the Good Credit-directed visuals see the hip-hop musician sitting on a rock overlooking the Great Falls of Virginia, tired yet ready. "And I told 'em I was gonna make it/I said I'll be number one," he starts over scurrying electronics and drum clasps, "They looked me up in my face,/And told me that I was dumb." Ikey doesn't let his naysayers get to him, though, refusing to be an "olodo" ("dummy" in Yoruba) and instead wants to be, as he spits amidst radiant yellow leaves, "making sure I'm rapping,/Tell the story of my generation." It's not surprising, then, that the Maryland-based emcee, who was born in Harlem but lived in Nigeria from between the ages of 6 to 17, cites Kanye West as an influence; Ikey shares the same sheer passion as him. The fact that he also takes inspiration from Portishead and Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road make Ikey an intriguingly eclectic new musician. "Olodo" is the second single from his forthcoming debut LP Green Card (due in March), and we're excited to see what other songs are on there. In the meantime, watch the video for "Olodo" below.

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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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