Sipho The Gift 'Poundcake Freestyle'

Okayafrica premieres South African rapper Sipho The Gift's 'Poundcake Freestyle' of Drake and Jay Z's 'Nothing Was The Same' track.

Photo by Simnikiwe Buhlungu

Kimberley-born/Stellenbosch-based rapper/producer Sipho The Gift came across our radar by way of Kinshasa's Alec Lomami, who insists Sipho may "bars for bars" be one of the best out of South Africa these days. Alec's Charlotte-based cousin Well$ had similar love for Sipho (aka Gifted) in an interview with Okayafrica in May. Well$ also teased they'd done a few songs together while he was recording in Cape Town earlier this year. Sipho explained his Immaculate Taste (aka the label home of Lomami and Well$) connection to us. "I've worked with Well$ (of Immaculate Taste), I produced a few songs for him that his yet to be release and worked on a few of the songs on a chance encounter while he was in SA, but really wanted to hold my own, so i kept the features down to a minimum." One of the songs he he worked on with Well$, "Youth In Revolt," premiered today over at Complex. But there's even more reason today is a big day for the young and gifted rapper.

Sipho is currently in the process of wrapping up his debut mixtape, Coming Of Age, which he produced in its entirety. The project won't drop until early 2015, and though we're still waiting on a lead single off the tape, Sipho came through with official evidence of why we'll be watching for him next year. On his formal introduction "Poundcake Freestyle," Sipho spits over Drake and Jay Z's Nothing Was The Same track "Pound Cake," which itself samples Ellie Goulding. "The verses came about at the tail end of my recording process," Sipho told us. "The common thread through these verses is that I have great anticipation for my music as well as myself. Anticipations to do myself proud and be even greater than my greats." When we asked Sipho why he'd wanted to rap over "Pound Cake," he told us "The eerie instrumental provided a perfect palette for the picture I wanted to paint." Look out for Sipho The Gift's debut mixtape early next year. In the meantime listen to his "Poundcake Freestyle," which we're excited to premiere on Okayafrica today.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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