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Watch Olamide & His Goons in 'Awon Goons Mi'

Watch Olamide and His Goons in the new "Awon Goons Mi" video.


Shortly after clinching the Nigerian Entertainment Awards for his Baddest Guy Ever Liveth album, YBNL head honcho Olamide debuted a new rap single called“Awon Goons Mi." After releasing an impressive 1-minute animated teaser video two weeks after its audio release, the virtuoso rapper has dropped the official visuals for the street anthem single. The video, directed by cinematographer Unlimited L.A., features an insane list of cameo appearances ranging from DJ Enimoney to Samklef, Mo’Cheddah, Cynthia Morgan, Do2tun, CDQ, Ketchup, YQ, Alex, Phenom, Efa, Do2tun, Reminisce, Pheelz, to Igbo flowing rapper Phyno, popular West African artists came in deep. YBNL’s recently signed Lil Kesh and Viktoh also make an appearance among the heavy weighters. In the video Olamide receives a shape up from  his barber before joining his goons in a dimly lit, smokey warehouse where they await in a cypher circle. Surrounded by many, King Badoo delivers Yoruba bars over a  frenzied Pheelz-produced beat, which captures the rapper's versatility and makes for a heavy hitting 3-minute rhyme fest. Watch " Awon Goons Mi" below and see how many cameos you can spot out yourself.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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