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Zambian Rapper, Poet & Singer Sampa The Great's Debut Mixtape

Zambian-born, Botswana raised MC, poet and singer Sampa The Great premieres her debut mixtape on Melbourne-based label Wondercore Island.


Zambian-born, Botswana-raised rapper, poet and singer-songwriter Sampa The Great is sharing her 12-track debut mixtape on the Melbourne-based label Wondercore Island (home of Hiatus Kaiyote, Oscar Key Sung, and several others). The Great mixtape, produced entirely by Australia's Godriguez, flows through a collection of experimental beats and left-field rhymes shaped by Sampa's wide-spanning influences of Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Thandiswa Mazwai, Asa, Nneka, and Yasiin Bey.

Sampa, who mentions that she first fell in love with hip-hop after listening to 2Pac's "Changes" in her cousin's room, credits her youth in Africa for influencing her tracks' political consciousness, "humanity, spirituality.. and highly increased... belief in self." Highlights on the debut tape include the relentless, piano-backed bars of "Jamal," the sample-heavy beatwork in "Revolution" and girl anthem "F E M A L E." Stream The Great Mixtape below, co-premiering here and on Okayplayer today, and grab yourself a free download on Bandcamp.

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Listen to Saul Williams' New Album 'Encrypted & Vulnerable'

The score for his directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

Saul Williams is back with his new album, Encrypted & Vulnerable.

The 13-track album, which is part of his MartyrLoserKing project, is described by Williams as his first "spoken word" album. It was entirely self-produced, mixed by by Gonjasufi and features the likes of Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), My Brightest Diamond, Christian Scott (Atoms For Peace) and more.

Encrypted & Vulnerable is also the score for Saul Wililams' directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

"Encrypted & Vulnerable is simultaneously a personal and intimately optimistic takedown on struggle, defiance, awareness, aloneness, and a takedown of heteronormative capitalistic patriarchal authoritarian politics in topics ranging from love, technology, religion, war, to migration," Williams mentions.

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Simi and Adekunle Gold are the Absolute Cutest In Their New Music Video 'By You'

The couple are giving us all the feels in their latest music video.

Simi and Adekunle Gold continue their streak of duets with their latest "By You," from the former's latest album Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1.

On the new track, the couple once again deliver loving lyrics and sweet melodies, sharing an accompanying video highlighting their bond. The video behind with what looks like personal footage from the company, later following them around as they adventure across Los Angeles, playfully driving around and even making a stop at the LA staple, Randy's Donuts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's 'Coming To America'-Inspired Nike Sneaker Will Be Dropping Very Soon

The Nigerian-Greek NBA MVP is releasing a limited edition run of his Nike collab, 'Zoom Freak 1.'

Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to release a limited edition run of his sneaker, the "Zoom Freak 1" in collaboration with Nike very soon, Konbini reports.

And to top it all off, it's going to be inspired by the classic late 1980s comedy Coming To America—one of Antetokounmpo's favorite movies—where the designs will be made in collaboration with Paramount Pictures.

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