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Watch Stormzy Deliver a Cover of ‘Brown Skin Girl’

The rapper took to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to treat us to his take on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift hit.

The Gift just keeps on giving. On his recent visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, UK rapper Stormzy treated the audience to a cover of Beyoncé, Wizkid, Saint Jhn, and Blue Ivy's "Brown Skin Girl" from her recent album The Lion King: The Gift.

The song opens with Stormzy singing the chorus over a sole piano before a full band–complete with brass section–joins in while he raps an added verse to the track.


Stormzy kept up with the theme of the song with lyrics that nod to characters in The Lion King as well as words of affirmation and love to brown skin girls. He even pays homage to Beyoncé's own family with the closing line: "Young Jigga looking forward to my Blue/ Stay True."

Young Simba and his lioness
Young Simba got his mind fresh
This is for my unborn daughter
Man I'll never let you down.
On your head you wear a crown.

Stormzy is joined by rising singer Stalk Ashley who delivers a solid cover of the original over the energetic live band and harmonized backup vocals. Their rendition honors the intent of the original album. As Disney stated, it was a "love letter to Africa [that] highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives." Stormzy checks all those boxes, celebrates Queen Bey and still makes the track undeniably his.

Watch the live performances of "Brown Skin Girl" and his new single "Sounds of the Skeng" below.

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More Black Students are Being Admitted into Cambridge University Because of Stormzy

Dubbed the 'Stormzy effect', admissions of Black students at the university are now up by 50 percent.

When Ghanaian-British rapper Stormzy is not busy making hit records such as "Vossi Bop" and "Shut Up", he's helping Black students get into one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Last year, the rapper launched his own scholarship which aims to provide funding for Black students wanting to be admitted into Cambridge University. According to AllHipHop, the rapper has been credited with a 50 percent increase in the admissions of Black students at the top-tier university. The phenomenon has now been dubbed the "Stormzy effect".

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Check Out the Trailer for Beyoncé's Upcoming Documentary 'Making the Gift'

The ABC special will offer a behind the scenes look at the making of the album "The Lion King: The Gift" and features Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and more.

Beyoncé is set to take fans inside the making of her latest album The Lion King: The Gift, with the upcoming ABC special Making the Gift, a documentary that chronicles the process of producing the album which she described as "a love letter to Africa."

The announcement came yesterday, when ABC shared the trailer of the special on their social media, even changing their Twitter name to "ABeyC" to mark the occasion. Beyoncé also shared the clip on Instagram—the surprise announcement has unsurprisingly spurred excited reactions from fans online.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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Busy Signal Drops New Video for '100%' Featuring Afro B

Premiere: The Jamaican dancehall star and afrowave artist partner up for a comical new song and video.

Busy Signal has teamed up with Afro B for a fiery song and hilarious video for their new track, "100%".

Born and bred in Jamaica, Busy Signal's signature dancehall-reggae sound with an electronic lean is always a refreshing twist. His sound mixed with "Drogba (Joanna)" star Afro B's smooth afrowave style makes this new track, well, 100% dope.

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