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Jovi Samples An Igbo Sermon In 'Big Vulture' ft. Rachel

Cameroonian rapper/producer Jovi releases "Big Vulture" ft. Rachel, a new track off his forthcoming Mboko God album.


A couple of weeks after featuring on Cameroonian singer Reniss's King of Pop-nodding cut "Michael Jackson," Yaoundé rapper/producer Jovi shares "Big Vulture," a self-produced new track, under his Le Monstre production alias, from his forthcoming Mboko God album. The track features a sunny, horn-backed Nigerian gospel excerpt from an Igbo sermon, which Arkansas-born singer/songwriter Rachel Applewhite (co-founder of Cameroonian hip-hop label New Bell Music with Jovi) echoes over electronic churns and drum taps, leading the way for Jovi's thudding surge into multi-tongued, smooth-gruff rap. Amidst the slowly-sinking Igbo sample and percussive cascades, the Cameroonian emcee raps in a combination of Pidgin, English, and French, urging his listeners to follow their dreams no matter what others say. Listen to Jovi's "Big Vulture" featuring Rachel below. For more from the label, check out New Bell Music's Lord Have Mercy EP from earlier this year, which showcases a fresh crop of Cameroonian rappers.

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