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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)

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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