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Watch Nipsey Hussle's Final Appearance In the Uplifting Video for DJ Khaled's 'Higher'

The video highlights the late rapper's love of family and community.

The hip hop community is still coping with the untimely death of Eritrean-American rapper, Nipsey Hussle. But now, we have yet another song to remember the cherished rapper by.

DJ Khaled has shared the music video for his heartfelt single "Higher" featuring the late rapper and singer John Legend.

On "Higher" Nipsey raps about the strength of his family and the power of being able to overcome hardship "Pops turned 60, he proud of what we done, in just one generation. He came from Africa young," he rhymes before spitting heartfelt lyrics about his children and partner Lauren London.

The song and video, directed by Eif Rivera, was shot in Nipsey's native Los Angeles and highlights the rapper's role as a family man and a pillar of his LA community.


The track is the latest single from DJ Khaled's new album Father of Asahd which dropped today.

The star producer shared a touching statement recalling his time spent with the late rapper while making the music video. "Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years. It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend, Nipsey Hussle," Khaled wrote. "Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called "Higher." After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with the world."

"A gift from my brother Nipsey that we want to share with the world," he wrote about the song in an Instagram caption. "We miss you and we will forever keep your legacy going. The Marathon Continues." He added that all proceeds from the track will go to Nipsey's children Emani and Kross.

Watch the music video for "Higher" below.

DJ Khaled - Higher ft. Nipsey Hussle, John Legend www.youtube.com

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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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