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Mr Eazi Expresses His Gratitude On New Track 'Thank You (Freestyle)'

The artist is in a reflective mood on his latest offering, produced by Guilty Beatz.

Me Eazi links up with Guilty Beatz once again, for the expressive new track "Thank You (Freestyle)."

As you might have guessed from the title, the track sees the artist giving thanks for his health, his accomplishments and for the lives of his friends and family. "Ain't nobody here wey sabi my story! E be only baba God i go give the Glory," he sings on the 2-and-a-half minute freestyle.

The artist released the song with an accompanying "Vibes Video" which features striking black-and-white images of horses as the artist chills on a ranch, interspersed with footage of the artist commanding large crowds at various shows. The video is directed by Alexx Adjei.

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This is Mr Eazi and Guilty Beatz second recent collaboration, as the artists teamed up for the dance track "Freedom" just last week. In May, Mr Eazi dropped the 3-Part "Zanku Leg Riddim" along with star Nigerian producer Legendury Beatz. The project also features Nigerian artists Mr Real and Zlatan.

In April, Mr Eazi represented for the continent when he made his memorable debut at the Coachella Music Festival. He also recently launched his hybrid charity and investment program emPawa. OkayAfrica spoke with the artist about the endeavor, back in March. With the success he's seen this year alone, the artists has a lot to be thankful about.

Watch "Thank You (Freestyle)" down below.

Mr Eazi - Thank You (Freestyle) [Vibes Video] youtu.be

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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