Here's a Nigerian Hip-Hop Album For You to Play All Weekend
Listen to our premiere of Crown , a standout new record from Loose Kaynon and AQ .
Chocolate City , one of Nigeria's biggest music labels, is releasing three hip-hop albums this month with a stated aim to reawaken hip-hop music in the country.
They begin today with Crown a joint album by Loose Kaynon and AQ , two leaders in Nigerian hip-hop. It'll be followed by Yung Denzel by MI Abaga , who's one of Africa's most successful rappers , and Bad Boy Black, the much anticipated debut album by Blaqbonez, one of the new wonder boys of Nigeria hip-hop. Each album will be exclusively premiered by OkayAfrica .
Crown consists of 10 songs that variously display fierce lyricism and admirable song-making over a range of topics that include rap supremacy ("Crown"), repentance from wrong doings ("Regrets"), a possible new genre in afro-drill ("Gang Gang"), soul-searching that incorporates negro spirituals ("Hustler's Prayer"), and ratchet club bangers ("No Time").
The album offer a clear statement of intent at the end of the opener "Out Of This World," "there's a lot of conversations about the direction of hip-hop right now but I believe it's on us to take it there where it's supposed to be. We need to do this."
Listen to our premiere of Loose Kaynon & AQ's Crown below and purchase it here .