Five Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers To Listen To This Summer
We round up five standout Somali tracks to bump this summer from Omvr, Robin Banks, Cherrie Hersi, Top5 and Layla Hendrix.
“Intro” by Cherrie Hersi
“Intro” serves as a teaser for Cherrie’s highly anticipated debut album. Cherrie’s ambient R&B sound can be likened to Jhene Aiko. When Cherrie was younger, she left Finland due to racism, before settling in the so-called “ghetto” part of Stockholm, Sweden. “Intro” elegantly and briefly tackles all these heady concepts in under two minutes.
“Shirt Off Shawty” by Top5
Hassan Top5, known for taking his shirt off and posing with celebrities, released this video last summer. The response has been fantastic. He’s also gaining popularity among Somalis, for putting us on. K’naan even gave him a shout-out for “Hall of Fame,” a song featuring Robin Banks.
“1995” by Layla Hendrix
Layla Hendrix is the truth and “1995” is the only proof we need. Rapping and singing over the beat from Kid Cudi’s “Day ’N’ Nite,” Layla delivers a song about smoking weed and being young.