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NADIA ROSE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Nadia Rose is a 23-year-old, wicked cool rapper from West Croydon, London. The UK-based rapper is of Ghanaian descent and is the next rising rap star coming out of a British brigade of mostly male rappers. As the daughter of a DJ, she began writing bars at age 13 and her favorite hobby, reading the dictionary, has proven useful to creating the visionary's witty, punchline filled singles.




On January 13, 2017, Rose released her EP Highly Flammable following the successful release of her singles “Station,” “BOOM!” and “SKWOD.” The video for “SKWOD” has over 2.9 million views in its 7 months on YouTube.



She was born into the British rap royal family; her cousin, Stormzy, is a major player in the Grime scene. Additionally, she is receiving high praise from American R&B Superstar, Alicia Keys. In her videos, Rose drops swaggy rhymes to match her fashionable look. This combination has garnered her sponsorships from Adidas, G-Star, Beats by DRE and DKNY. Her sponsorships and sick bars have led to a string of sold out shows with the likes of Anderson.Paak and Section Boyz. Rose is now signed to Relentless Records, a subsidiary of SONY Music Group so it's safe to say you will see her again.



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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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