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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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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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