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You Need to Listen to Davido & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie's New Song 'Way Too Fly'

This A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Davido collaboration will bring the summer to your earbuds.

"Way Too Fly" is a wavy track worth giving a listen to a few times over.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Nigerian star, Davido, make a fresh duo on this title, which features upbeat, wine-able Caribbean vibes, and catchy bars delivered with a harmonious lilt.


Of course the artwork for the song would be a plane, after recent reports that Davido acquired a private jet. "Way Too Fly" is all about being just that, and wanting to celebrate about it. To be quite honest, it's probably going to make you want to drop everything and just go on vacation.

Davido has just been announced as a nominee for "Best International Act" at the 2018 BET Awards. By the looks of his latest collaborations and musical releases, he's making no bones about trying to win that award again. His first win was back in 2014.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is also on his own mission to staying in the limelight. He is currently in production for his upcoming album, The International Artist, which releases this summer. If "Way Too Fly" is any indication, he may be infusing more Island sounds into his new album.

Listen to "Way Too Fly" below, now available on YouTube and iTunes.

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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