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You Need To Hear These Nigerian Covers Of Desiigner's 'Panda'

Here's 8 Nigerian rap covers of the Kanye West-approved hit "Panda" from Desiigner.


Ever since Kanye West sampled Desiigner’s “Panda” on The Life of Pablo, the Future-esque track has been pretty much everywhere. It’s certainly been on the radar of a number of Naija MCs, who’ve proceeded to put their own personal spin on the ubiquitous record. We all know a song isn’t a true international hit until it’s been covered by at least one Nigerian artist and, so far, we’ve come across 8 covers of "Panda." Check them all out below.

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Producers Legendury Beatz turned us onto this banging Fela-inspired cover from Dremo.

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Yung6ix turns up with his "goons in Lagos" in the music video for his "Panda" freestyle.

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"Nigeria's fastest rapper," Uzi spits a couple hot bars over the song's booming beat.

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Ozone is completely in his zone as he flows for three-and-a-half minutes straight.

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Bils big-ups Wizkid and Davido, references Olamide's "Shakiti Bobo," and proclaims that "Africa is winning right now" all while dabbing in the streets with his friends.

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Ycee shares his take on the song in this gritty, black and white music video.

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Teeto Ceemos raps in Yoruba, Pidgin and English over "Panda"as well Tiwa Savage's "Standing Ovation."

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"I got girls in Atlanta, London, Nigeria and Canada" rhymes Oma Mahmud atop the track's infectious instrumental.

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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.

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