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Patoranking Jumps On Konshens & Dre Skull's 'Gal Ting' Riddim Remix

Nigerian dancehall star Patoranking jumps on Konshens & Dre Skull's "Gal Ting," for a Lagos meets Kingston & NY remix of the party track.


A few months ago, Mixpak Records producer and label head Dre Skull – the man behind recent Vybz Kartel and Popcaan albums — released Blacklight Riddim, a dancehall EP inspired by the Dembow two-bar loop, a kick-snare combination birthed across Kingston and New York that became the calling card of reggaeton. The standout take on Dre Skull's Blacklight Riddim beat (which featured interpretations from QQ, Spice, and Tifa) came in the form of Konshens' "Gal Ting," an addictive single which took off in Jamaica over the summer. This new version sees Nigerian dancehall star Patoranking jumping on "Gal Ting" for a breezy, Lagos meets Kingston & Brooklyn reworking of the party track packed with syncopated beatwork and warped synths. Stream the new remix from Konshens, Dre Skull and Patoranking premiering below and out just in time for Notting Hill Carnival and Labor Day Parade.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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