Audio

Premiere: Kay-Ara's 'The Reality Show' Mixtape


Ghanaian pidgin rapper Kay-Ara honed his skills with influences from hiplife pioneer Reggie Rockstone as well as across the ocean icons Tupac and Biggie. You might remember "Me Dough" —  his stomper track featuring Yaa Pono and Lil Shaker we featured a minute ago. In The Reality Show mixtape, Kay spits about "the jigsaw puzzle of his life" tackling both light and heavy subjects of love, karma, and the mental weight surrounding a lover's abortion. He also rhymes over past and current joints from the likes of Drake, Jeezy and Yeezy. Stream some samples and grab the entire mixtape for free below, featuring apperances by Twi Teacher and Jae Ghost.

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Stream: Kay-Ara "Junior's Lullaby"

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Stream: Kay-Ara "Karma (Out To Get Me)"

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Stream: Kay-Ara "Headlines"

>>>Download: Kay Ara's The Reality Show

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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