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Maleek Berry's 'First Daze of Winter' EP Is Here

The artist just dropped the highly-anticipated follow-up to his Last Daze of Summer EP.

Maleek Berry returns with the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year's successful "Last Daze of Summer" EP and he's keeping with his seasonal theme.

The Nigerian producer and singer dropped the "First Daze of Winter" EP, which has already produced some memorable jams like "Been Calling" and "Pon My Mind."


The artist told BBC 1Xtra that the sound of the EP is, in fact, a reflection of its title. Whereas Last Daze of Summer gave us bubbly, colorful jams, his latest is thematically moodier.

"The whole concept behind the EP is that it's a lot darker and it's a lot warmer. I'm a lot more emotional on the songs and a lot more vulnerable."

Listen to the 6-track EP below, via Apple Music and Spotify.


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The emotional song sees the artist singing about a girl he's longing for, and reflecting on a relationship that's gone sour.

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10 Albums That Prove Nigerian Rap Is Back On the Rise

Featuring Falz, M.I Abaga, Ice Prince, Poe, and more.

Until 2018, rap in Nigeria was all but dead. Lamba or party afropop blew up and became way more lucrative. There weren't too many rappers who were able to make commercial-yet-indigenous Nigerian rap music since the likes of MI Abaga and Ice Prince. More and more rappers were singing at the same time "Alte Cruise" was growing in Nigeria, trap was big in the US, grime was rediscovering itself in the UK and South Africa was at its most vital yet.

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