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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.

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Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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