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Runtown Teams Up With Alkaline and Walshy Fire on Feel-Good Anthem 'No Negative Vibes'

This one comes just in time for summer listening.

Nigerian artist Runtown links with Major Lazer's Walshy Fire and Jamaican dancehall artist Alkaline for the made-for-summer banger "No Negative Vibes."

The track, produced by Walshy Fire, is all about maintaining positive energy and living life to the fullest, as Runtown sings on the chorus an opening verse. Alkaline joins in with a melodic verse echoing the same sentiments sung in Patois.

READ: How Runtown Got His Groove Back

The accompanying music video, is a visual treat, shot by the renowned Nigerian director Meji Alabi. The nearly 4-and-a-half minute clip sees both Runtown and Alkaline head to Jamaica, where they enjoy time with friends, take in the vibrant energy on the streets and enjoy smoke sessions in the studio, all without any negative vibes to kill their upbeat moods.


Runtown, who dropped "No Permission" a memorable collaboration with Nasty C at the end of last year, is readying the release of his forthcoming EP "Tradition" which is due out at the end of the month.

The artist recently wrote an open-letter, published in The Guardian Nigeria, addressing the Nigerian government, and urging them to prioritize social progress.

Revisit OkayAfrica's profile on the artist from earlier this year, in which he discussed wanted to take the sounds of Nigeria to stadiums all over the world, and watch the music video for "No Negative Vibes" below.

Walshy Fire, Runtown & Alkaline - No Negative Vibes (Official Music Video) youtu.be


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South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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