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Okmalumkoolkat's 'iJusi' Gets A Gqom Remix From Jumping Back Slash

Johannesburg-based rapper Okmalumkoolkat shares a gqom remix of "IJusi" by Jumping Back Slash, from the upcoming 're:code H0' EP.


Okmalumkoolkat's Holy Oxygen I from last fall condensed the Durban-born, Johannesburg based rapper's future-leaning delivery and sonic experimentations into four striking tracks. For the upcoming re:code H0 EP, the South African artist has recruited a noteworthy cast of producers, including Petite NoirSibot, Wandl and salute, to rework the EP's originals. Cape Town-based producer Jumping Back Slash's "iJusi (Gqom Dub)," premiering here today, strips down the original and places Okamlumkoolkat's non-linear rhymes over broken and syncopated kick drums in the Durban-bred electronic style of gqom. For more, revisit the Holy Oxygen I singles "Fancy Footwork," "Holy Oxygen," and "Allblackblackkat." Get to know more about Okmalumkoolkat and his crew in our expansive Boyzn Bucks: Johannesburg's Street Culture Empire feature. the 5-track re:code H0 EP is due May 25 from Affine Records. Stream "iJusi (Jumping Back Slash Gqom Dub)" below.

re:code H0 Tracklist

01 – Holy Oxygen (Wandl Remix)

02 – Allblackblackkat (Sibot Remix)

03 – Fancy Footwork (salute ́s Stuck In The 90s

04 – iJusi (Jumping Back Slash Gqom Dub)

05 – Holy Oxygen (Petite Noir Remix)

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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