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Burna Boy Just Dropped a Surprise Joint EP With DJDS

The artist proves just how versatile he is on "Steel & Copper," a new joint EP with producer duo DJDS.

Burna Boy has teamed up with American producer duo DJDS to drop a new, surprise EP 'Steel & Copper."

"Steel & Copper," sees Burna Boy proving his unparalleled versatility once again as he raps and harmonizes throughout the 4-track EP, showing he can hold his weight outside of his usual "afrofusion" sound as well.

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DJDS, who have previously worked with Kanye West on his Life of Pablo album, offer stuttering, bass-heavy production on the EP. Particularly on tracks like "Thugging" and the grime-leaning "34." The duo released the album Big Wave More Fire last year, which featured artists like Vic Mensa, Khalid, The Dream and more.

Burna Boy, who's already having a massive 2019, dropped the Zlatan-assisted banger "Killin' Dem" earlier this year, and his latest single "Dangote" shortly after. The artists is also set to begin the US-based African Giant Tour this April, with includes a stop at the Coachella music festival.

Listen to 'Steel & Copper" below.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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