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Jay-Z Launches Blistering Attack Against The Racist War On Drugs In This Animated Video

Watch Jay Z and Molly Crabapple's trenchant critique of the hypocritical and racist war on drugs. From Reagan to today's poor attempts at decriminalization.

Mr Beyoncé has kept something of a low profile lately. Well—he's back. *Insert trademark laugh*


And he's showing the world a side we don't often see. In his new video op-ed for the New York Times, animated by the trendy visual journalist Molly Crabapple, Jay Z eviscerates the "War on Drugs" by combining a couple decades of lefty talking points—Reaganomics, defunding schools and the end of social safety nets—with an intimate first person narrative about growing up in Brooklyn during the age of crack cocaine.

The video titled 'The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail' is full of lush illustrations and clever animation. Jay's voice at this time in history sounds more like a Jay Pharoah impression of Jay Z than Jay Z but, if you can get past that, it's a great primer on the racist history of drug enforcement and how the hypocrisies of that paradigm are extending even into the recent wave of decriminalization.

Sometimes it takes an artist to present the hard truths in a way that will get noticed. Here's a to new paradigm and an end to the racist war on drugs.

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Listen to Niniola's New Song 'Fantasy,' Featuring Femi Kuti

The Nigerian 'Queen of Afro-house' links with the legendary musician on an infectious new banger.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Niniola shares her latest single "Fantasy," featuring the legendary Femi Kuti.

The track is the singer's latest since the release of "Omo Rapala" last month. On "Fantasy," the singer delivers her usual crisp vocals atop a pulsating beat and smooth saxophone riffs from Kuti. It's an infectious song through and through, and the two make for a memorable duo.

Ahead of the song's release on Thursday, Niniola took to socials to share a story about performing with Kuti 2 years ago, and reflected on what it means to now have her very own song with the celebrated Nigerian musician.

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Listen to 2Baba's New 13-Track Album 'Warriors'

2Baba's new album features Burna Boy, Olamide, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Peruzzi and more.

2Baba has just dropped his much-anticipated album titled Warriors.

The album is a follow-up to the artist's last project Ascension which was released in 2014. Warriors features music heavyweights including Burna Boy, Olamide, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, AJ, Peruzzi, Syemca and HI Idibia.

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'Queen Sono' is the Bad-Ass Women-Led Spy Thriller Like No Other: Here's What its Stars Have to Say About It.

Netflix's first African Original Series smashes tired stereotypes about Africa and womanhood while keeping us all in suspense.

A little over a year ago, Netflix announced that Africa's first Original Series Queen Sono was in the works and the excitement has been building for the launch of the spy thriller series ever since. Social media has been abuzz with fans putting out what their play-by-play expectations of the series are.

After dropping a number of enticing teasers that kept fans on the edges of their seats, and more recently the official full-length trailer for Queen Sono, the wait is finally over. The series premiered on the streaming platform yesterday.

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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Rema, Niniola x Femi Kuti, Tony Allen, 2Baba, Olamide, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML and more

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in February.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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