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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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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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