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SA Rapper Lex LaFoy Created a Wild New Style Called 'Honey Bass'

Listen to Lex LaFoy's debut album now.

South African rapper Lex LaFoy has finally released her debut album, Honey Bass.


LaFoy has been part of the Durban hip-hop scene since the mid-2000s. She took her time to evolve, starting out as a poet, before doing some battling. Throughout that time, she changed her name a few times before settling for Lex Lafoy—and she is now ready to share her full story with the world.

'Honey Bass' is a self-created genre LaFoy prefers to refer to her music as. If the music on the album is anything to go by, then honey bass can simply be described as an energetic combination of drum and bass with rap.

The bass lines and kicks pound hard, and the rapper laces them with empowering rhymes about womanhood, motherhood, hustling and other subjects, all with a bubbly personality. Both her English and IsiZulu rapping are on point.

LaFoy described Honey Bass in an interview with The BubbleGum Club two months ago:

"It's about wholeness, it's about confidence, it's about a young woman claiming her own in a space that is so-called predominantly masculine. It's about expression and the freedom of expression. It's also about the balance of the so-called two extremes that some people don't understand. Because I have to overcome my own conflict and my own so-called contradictions to see that no, just as I am is perfect."

Honey Bass has limited features, which means you'll get a full picture of who the rapper really is. iFani appears on the single "Flex," and RubyGold appears on "S.M.Y.N," Fiesta Black appears alongside the latter on "Traces.

The album is entertaining in that the rapper is telling her life story and giving her outlook on her surroundings, but sonically it doesn't take itself too seriously. You are guaranteed to relate, sympathize, and do the booty hop.

Listen to Honey Bass below, and download it here.

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First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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