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Nigerian-American Singer Olawumi Premieres 'Queen Shit'

Nigeria-rooted, New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Olawumi shares "Queen Shit," the first single off her forthcoming sophomore 'Crowns' EP.


"Queen Shit" by Olawumi is a melancholic call for respect. The lead single off the Nigeria-rooted, New Jersey-based singer/songwriter's forthcoming CROWNS EP, the follow-up to 2014's NOIR EP, broods with wandering effects and crackling electronics that back the 22-year-old former photographer and self-described soul-trap star's dark croons. A press statement for "Queen Shit," which was produced by Nova and samples Drake protégé PARTYNEXTDOOR’s "Right Now," outlines the track as a "woozy drug-addled ode to independent women" and a nod to feminist thinkers. Engage in the majestic grayness of "Queen Shit" below and check out Olawumi's soundcloud for her previous singles "Come Back" and "Over."

Update 4/27: Watch the visuals for "Queen Shit," directed by The Afrolombian, below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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