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This Mr Eazi and New Edition Mashup Is The Gift You Didn't Know You Needed

This seamless mashup of Mr Eazi's "Leg Over" featuring New Edition is everything.

DIASPORA—The internet is the gift that keeps on giving, and this seamless mashup of Mr Eazi's "Leg Over" featuring New Edition is proof.


The video made by Haja Tounkara back in March is one that got lost in the endless abyss of internet memes, but it's here again, and it has us trying to memorize New Edition's classic dance moves once again—but this time—with afrobeats as the soundtrack.

Who would have ever thought that Mr Eazi's mellow banger would work so well dubbed over the video for New Edition's 1988 hit "If it Isn't Love?" Well, Tounkara did and we're thankful.

The internet is an amazing place. Watch the full YouTube video below.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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