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Lupe Fiasco Wants To Get An Introduction To South African Hip-Hop

Lupe seeks to expand his horizons.

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco tweeted South African rapper ProVerb last week Friday asking him how he could get an introduction to the SA hip-hop scene.


'Verb responded to Lupe telling him the best way would be to come down to South Africa to do shows and collaborate with artists. The veteran rapper went on to even suggest Back To The City, one of the country's essential hip-hop festivals, as one of the best ways Lupe could get clued up.

Lupe, clearly intrigued, then asked what date Back To The City will be held.

After ProVerb posted a screenshot of Lupe's initial tweet on his Facebook page, Osmic Menoe, the founder of Back To The City, commented, "Let's make it happen. I'm down if you are."


I'm not speaking for all South African hip-hop heads, but I know a lot would be more than excited to catch a Lupe set at Back To The City. This is feasible, considering Back To The City now has a slot for US rap acts.

eMC, Jeru The Damaja, Cappadonna, Elzhi and Skyzoo are among some of the names that have rocked the Back To The City stage.

While it's not clear what Lupe's motives are, I'm crossing my fingers Lupe will be on the bill this year.

You can read our South African hip-hop coverage here.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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