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Meet Lupita Nyong’o’s Rap Star Alter Ego, Troublemaker

You need to see Lupita Nyong’o spit bars over this Nas classic.

Say hello to Troublemaker, alter ego of Queen of Katwe star Lupita Nyong’o. The rap star now known as Troublemaker made her official debut over the weekend with a dope take on the Nas classic “NY State of Mind,” which Nyong’o shared on her Instagram.


“Mexican-born, Kenya running through my veins/Dark chocolate, plus I keep a sharp mane/Lancome fresh face, looking tailor made/Disney on the books, so you know I stay paid,” raps Troublemaker/Nyong’o. The lyrics were penned by MC/actress Robyn Hood, aka Miriam A. Hyman.

Want more? Let’s continue.

“Next stop Katwe rocking out with David/Don’t do critics if you’re hating please save it/Ambassador for elephants trying to save the planet/I’m working on my master plan stunting in a hammock”

Okay okay, you get the picture. Lupita’s got bars for days. See so for yourself below.

Introducing my alter ego TROUBLEMAKER. Lyrics: @robynhoodfanz Director: @katiecm @queenofkatwemovie #3million

A video posted by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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