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Skwatta Kamp Pay Tribute To Flabba In Their New Single ‘There You Go’

Listen to Skwatta Kamp's new song.

Today marks three years since the passing of Skwatta Kamp member Flabba. In his honor, the remaining six members (Infa is, however, notably absent) and their frequent collaborator Relo released a new single today.

Titled "There You Go," the song's verses are delivered in third person as personal messages to the fallen rapper.

The most endearing moment on "There You Go" has to be Slikour's play on the rapper's date of passing, which is the same as The Notorious B.I.G's. And he mentions that Flabba, on the other side, is probably still the fowl-mouthed rapper with unmatched shock value.

Listen to songs from the album There You Go - Single, including "There You Go". Buy the album for R9.99. Songs start at R9.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

"The greatest rapper of all time passed away on March 9/ That's Biggie, that's Flabba, see the stars are aligned/ Imagine you, Biggie and Pac in heaven in a cypher, I'm sure you still cursing."

The mellow "There You Go," which is key-based, features an emotional sung hook by Relo, in which she sings, "There you go, I'll always wonder if I will be all right without you."

Since the song came out this morning, fans have been reminiscing about Flabba and the group's glory days on Twitter.

The last time Skwatta Kamp released new music was in 2009 when they released the album Fair and Skwear. In 2015, they appeared on a song by Reason titled "Brand New," but they weren't rapping, just sending shoutouts.

Listen to "There You Go" below or download it for free here.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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