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Tweezy and Gemini Major are two of South African hip-hop's super producers.

South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.


South Africa, having one of the biggest and vibrant hip-hop scenes in the world, was almost a given. Tonight at 10PM (SAST) [4PM (ET)], two of the country's hip-hop super producers, Tweezy and Gemini Major will go head-to-head in a beat battle that will determine who has the best hits.

Tweezy, who has worked extensively with the likes of AKA, Emtee and Nasty C, has produced for a majority of the country's biggest rappers and pop artists. Cassper Nyovest's upcoming single "Amademoni" is a Tweezy production.

Gemini Major has produced for Nasty C, AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Da L.E.S and many others.

Gemini Major and Tweezy co-produced Riky Rick's "Sidl' ukotini" and have multiple mega hits that bear their credits ("Ragga Ragga" by Gemini Major, "All Eyes on Me" by AKA, "Gets Getsa 2.0" by Cassper Nyovest, Nasty C's "Juice Back" and "King," "Lifestyle" by Da L.E.S, among many others.)

Be sure to tune in on either Tweezy or Gemini Major's Instagram.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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