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Nigerian-American Rapper Ikey Shares The Visuals For 'Roslin's Basement'

Nigeria-American rapper Ikey and his crew chronicle their day-to-day in the video for "Roslin's Basement," off the 'Green Card' EP.


Nigerian-American rapper Ikey comes through with the music video for "Roslin's Basement," the closing track on his recent Green Card EP. The Richy Guzman-directed visuals follow Ikey to Cameroonian-American producer Blvck Rose's (aka Roslin) basement, where a majority of the EP was written, and chronicle the crew's day-to-day as they record in their crammed home studio, play ball, and grill out.

The D.C.-based Ikey previously talked to Okayafrica about the Nigerian influences on Green Card, "I actually helped get my mom her Green Card a couple years ago so that’s where I originally got the album idea from," he mentioned. "Spending my childhood in Lagos during its military rule and the return to democracy definitely inspired a lot of the stories I tell. I was also strongly influenced by Nigerian legends like Lagbaja, Fela Kuti, Oliver de Coque and Osadebe since that was the music in rotation growing up."

What Ikey's latest video for "Roslin's Basement" below and, for more, revisit his fiery visuals for "When We Were Kings," which detail Nigeria's war-torn history, and "Olodo."

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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