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Nadia Nakai and Emtee Spit 40 Bars Over Production by PatricKxxLee on New Single

Listen to Nadia Nakai and Emtee's new single '40 Bars.'

In what's a collaboration nobody expected, Nadia Nakai and Emtee sparr over an instrumental by the rapper/producer PatricKxxLee. The bassline is gloomy and crude, creating a perfect environment for both emcees to scare you with bars.


"40 Bars" was premiered by Ebro Darden on his Beats 1 show and playlist Rap Life. The two met recently during Ebro's recent trip to South Africa where he expressed his deep support and love for her work. Ebro even named Nadia on his list of most impactful artists of 2019 among the likes of Nas, Burna Boy and Stormzy and others.

In her verse on "40 Bars," Nadia Nakai pays homage to Emtee with lines like, "Thought that I wouldn't re-up/ I look at the sky like 'We Up,'" making reference to the trapper's single "We Up" from his debut album Avery (2015).

Emtee has been collaborating with other artists since he left Ambitiouz Entertainment last year. He throws subliminals that could be aimed at the label, rapping:

"I know I've been gone for a minute/ It's time to take back the city, yeah/ They wanna see me at the bottom/ They wanna make it a problem/ I'm tryna make it without 'em"

Stream "40 Bars" below:




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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

Uncertainty, a film about a couple's emotional battles during lockdown, forms part of the global nine-chapter anthology project titled One(Nine).

During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

The team included Canada's Ingrid Veninger, Mina Shum, Isa Benn and Slater Jewell-Kemker, as well as Dorothee Wenner (Germany), Shengze Zhu (China/USA), Carmen Sangion (South Africa) and Lydia Zimmermann (Spain). One(Nine) premiered digitally at Canada's Female Eye Film Festival that ran from March 12to 29.

For this piece, South Africa's Carmen Sangion dissects Uncertainty, a film which interrogates Black men's vulnerability and mental health struggles through the lens of one couple's relationship battles during lockdown.

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