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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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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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