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Listen to Juls and Mr Eazi's New Single 'Cake'

Juls shares another single ahead of the release of his forthcoming album "Colour."

Frequent collaborators Juls and Mr Eazi, link up once again on "Cake."

The two-and-a-half minute track sees Mr Eazi singing about his love interest's derrière atop mid tempo production. On the catchy chorus, the artist references DJ Tjaey's 2017 hit, "Look Like You," dropping lines about a girl who gives him a "sugar rush."

The two previously worked together on Mr Eazi's massive single "Skintight," as well as the track "Hollup." Cake is another solid collaboration from the duo.


Mr Eazi recently dropped the music video for his single "Supernova," telling Hot 97 in a recent interview that while he doesn't have plans of dropping an album this year, we can expect more singles. He also spoke about his mission to fund up-and-coming African artists through his empawa endeavor. OkayAfrica spoke to the artist about empawa back in March.

Last month, Juls shared the ethereal music video for the song "Maayaa," featuring Santi and Tanzanian artist Tiggs Da Author. His forthcoming album Colour is due out on July 26.

Hear "Cake" below.


Interview

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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