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Watch Stogie T Globetrotting In The Video For ‘Honey and Pain’

Watch Stogie T's new video for 'Honey and Pain.'

In the new video for his single "Honey and Pain," South African lyricist Stogie T is giving us a glimpse into his travels and adventures.


The video is a collation of clips of the rapper from a few years ago, in different places—South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Nigeria, Canada and France, among a few others.

You can see him in recording sessions with Mike Classic (who sings the hook on the song), M.I, one half of P Square, and performing in different stages.

Cameos spotted include Tehn Diamond, Rouge, Da L.E.S, Zubz, and a few more.

"Honey and Pain" is the first single the rapper released since releasing his self-titled album in 2016, which came with his name change.

On the song, T talks of the dichotomy between poverty and wealth.

"Life ain't fair, you can kiss the ground and the ring/ Think it's a breeze, that's only 'cause the pendulum swing/ This is honey and pain, both struggle and gain
Gold mining in vain, if you can't shower in a chain"
"Our folks running in circles/ Yet they can't scrub the bills, still stuck in this hellhole/ 'cause reptiles go Judas over silver/ Cross you for a profit like Moses split the river"

Watch the video for Honey and Pain below, and download the song here.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

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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