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Listen to Rashid Kay’s New Album ‘The K-Word’ with Features from Kid Tini, Blaklez, Maraza, Megmafia and More

Rashid Kay releases his second official album.

South African veteran MC, Rashid Kay, just released his second official album. Titled The K-Word, the album features artists from both the old and new school. Kid Tini, Blaklez, AB Crazy, Megmafia, Big Zulu, MarazA, Clara T, Siya Shezi, Chazz Le Hippie, and a whole lot more make appearances. The album is a follow-up to 2016's Once Upon A Rhyme.


With a title like The K-Word, the 11-track album has songs that address issues such as land reform, the state of hip-hop, among other topics.

On the song "G.O.D (Good Ol' Days)," which features AB Crazy on the hook, Rashid raps:

"Back in the day, boom bap was the thing, but it ain't coming back/ Niggas in denial, better acknowledge the fact/ One of the reasons for the bitter OGs/ Niggas with no cheese, hating on the young'ns"

"Bring Back Our Land" features a reggae hook from Black Dilinger, and two show-stealing rap verses from Blaklez and Big Zulu. Blaklez raps:

"Your tricks are the reason we let the land get away from us/ Can never break the faith in us, no matter what you label us/ What else are they gonna take from us?/ Pretending that they saving us/ It's sad that it had to take the hunger to awaken us"

Listen to The K-Word below:

‎The K-Word by Rashid


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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