popular

Lil Wayne Samples Sampha on 'Tha Carter V' Standout 'Let It All Work Out'

The rapper uses a vocal sample from the British-Sierra Leonean singer on the album's most reflective track.

After years of immense anticipation, Lil Wayne's fifth studio album Tha Carter V is finally here.

The album—originally slated to drop in 2014— has, unsurprisingly, warranted a massive response from fans on social media, and is shaping up to be a major commercial success. It features the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, and Nicki Minaj as well as a memorable sample from British-Sierra Leonean soul singer Sampha.

READ: Lil Wayne's Influence on South African Hip Hop

The rapper samples Sampha's pensive 2013 song "Indecision," on the album's finale "Let It All Work Out," perhaps the most emotional and retrospective cut on the 23-track album. The song addresses Wayne's childhood suicide attempt. Though Wayne had previously passed the incident off as an accident, it was revealed, in a recent Billboard profile, that the recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, led him to open up about it.


His close friend and president of Young Money Entertainment, Mack Maine, spoke to Billboard about Wayne's decision to speak out, a move that the rapper hopes will help others facing similar battles:

He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now. Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it's like, 'I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.'

It's a particularly reflective track that makes impressive use of Sampha's incredibly emotive vocals. Listen to the standout track below and stream Lil Wanye's Tha Carter V in its entirety here.

Arts + Culture
'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

Keep reading... Show less
Style
Image via Beyoncé's Instagram.

Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-inspired looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Still from Youtube

These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

Davido - Fall (Official Music Video) youtu.be

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.