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Rouge Enlists Sarkodie and Youssoupha in New Single ‘W.A.G’

Rouge teams up with Sarkodie, Youssoupha for a spaz fest on new single "W.A.G".

In her latest single, South African rapper Rouge sends out a message to her competition—they aren't on the same level as her. She raps, "We ain't in the same WhatsApp group/ We don't even have the same interests/ We don't even like the same things/ we don't pin the same pic on Pinterest" in the song's hook.

"W.A.G", which isn't an acronym for "wet ass group" but rather "WhatsApp Group" is a showcase of raps from rappers from different regions of the world—something we could do more of.


In her verse, Rouge makes a compelling case for not being in the same WhatsApp group as her counterpart. As usual, it's her delivery that carries most of the verse, ensuring every assertion packs a punch.

Youssoupha, the French rap stalwart who, just like Rouge, is of Congolese descent, matches the standard set by the Pretoria lyricist, and so does Sarkodie. The popular Ghanaian rapper delivers yet another solid verse—surefooted delivery, lofty lines and all.

Rouge - W.A.G (Official Audio) ft. Sarkodie, Youssoupha www.youtube.com

With "W.A.G", Rouge is affirming her position as one of the best of her era, not scared of going toe to toe with the best in the business.

It's been a busy few months for Rouge, as she has already released two singles prior to "W.A.G", all of them collaborative. She seems to be in beast mode and sparring with fellow rappers on "Popular (Remix)" and "Gear Box" which collectively feature Costa Titch, Phantom Steeze, Tumi Tladi, YoungstaCPT and Jack Parow among others.

Stream "W.A.G" by Rouge, Sarkodie and Youssoupha on Apple Music and Spotify.




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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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