K.O Releases ‘Killa Combo’ Featuring Zingah, Loki, Tellaman and Mariechan

Listen to the first single released under K.O's new imprint Skhandaworld.

The last time we spoke to K.O., he revealed that one of his goals for the year is to launch Skhandaworld, a newly launched imprint founded by the South African emcee. The up-and-coming rapper Loki was a top priority as he is the first signee under the label.


"Possibly the first single that I'm going to drop top of the year is going to be 'Better Choices,'" he said at the time, "and that is strategically because I want to launch Loki, the homie that's featured on the record. I want to launch him through that, and then maybe a year later you're going to hear his own single, and then that's when we are going to officially announce the launch of the new label, which is Skhandaworld."

Well, that was then. Last week Friday, the first release from Skhandaworld landed and of course it featured Loki, it was just not "Better Choices." The collaborative single "Killa Combo" features an unpredictable lineup—alongside K.O, the rappers Zingah and of course Loki, alongside the singers Tellaman and Mariechan (from Jamali).

On "Killa Combo," each guest dedicates their verse to an individual who they feel they make a killa combination with. The verses range from lovey dovey to NSFW sexual innuendos courtesy of K.O.

Skhandaworld is the second label K.O has launched. Prior to signing a deal with Sony, the rapper and producer also doubled as a label head. He ran Cashtime Life, which was one of the defining labels of the 2010s in South African hip-hop—housing the likes of Kid X, Moozlie, Ma-E and a few others.

Hopefully, Skhandaworld will make that huge an impact in the 2020s.

Stream "Killa Combo" below and watch the music video underneath. Revisit our interview with K.O here.




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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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