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Runtown & Fekky's 'Unleash' Will Jump Start Your Week

Watch the new music video from the Nigerian Soundgod, featuring cameos from Shaun Ross and Adonis Bosso.

Runtown is back with the new visual for his latest single "Unleash," a collaboration with UK grime act Fekky.

The song, which is the Nigerian star's first single of 2018, lives in the similar downtempo sonic world of the previous hits like "Mad Over You" and "For Life." It sees Runtown linking up once again with frequent collaborator and producer Del B.

Read: Runtown On How Staying True To Himself Produced His Biggest Hit Yet, 'Mad Over You'

"Unleash" follows Runtown as he laments some of the downsides of the star life. He sings, "too many bags on me, too many girls on me...too many women in my life...don't know if they love me or my money."

The new music video, directed by Isaac Yowman, is a red-tinted affair which also features cameos from models Shaun Ross and Adonis Bosso, as well as help from stylist Ugo Mozie, all of whom Runtown shouted out on his Instagram.

Watch the new video for Runtown and Fekky's "Unleash" below.


Interview

Interview: Omah Lay Is Nigeria's New Young Act to W​atch

We sit down with the rising Port Harcourt-born musician to talk about his latest EP, Get Layd.

Omah Lay's music is at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself. The Nigerian act, who released his debut EP, Get Layd, earlier this year has been described as wielding the "lyricism of Burna Boy and the melodies of Wizkid."

Omah Lay's grandfather played in Celestine Ukwu's highlife band; his father played the drums too. Being put through his paces in Nigeria's South region—specifically Port Harcourt—supplies the grit to Omah's velvety singing. The starkness of the world he inhabits is a wonder and his lyrics are too. Phrases like "You dun burst my eyeglass" and "Omo she be SARS and she carry full van" are a cultural stamp, a burst out of the ordinary for listeners, many of whom now declare Omah Lay as "special."

Following the validating reception of singles "You" and "Bad Influence," Omah Lay shared the Get Layd EP on May 22. Including just three new songs might have posed a gamble and not defined his sound well enough, but the musician shattered those judgements. Omah Lay is a gifted artist and has the uncanny ability to exist in his space, even when circling around the afro-fusion tag that has seen a recent rise in adaptability.

Below, Omah Lay speaks to OkayAfrica about his Get Layd EP, coming to Lagos, and more.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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