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How This Rising Nigerian Rapper Landed His Song in the Official FIFA 18 World Cup Trailer

We catch up with Thutmose to discuss his journey and how his song made it into the EA FIFA 18 trailer.

Thutmose just got the biggest look of his career. A collaboration with German-bred producer NoMBe, "Run Wild" serves as the soundtrack to the official trailer to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. It's not every day you get to see one of the world's greatest athletes, Cristiano Ronaldo star in a clip synced to your record, published by the world's biggest video game franchise, EA Sports.

It's Thutmose's high-energy, high-intensity bars and standout melodies that have audiences at the edge of their seats. Following his last single, "WuWu," which was released last year, the Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-raised artist confesses his love and passion for words, using music as a means to express himself in any way possible.

Since then Thutmose, real name Umar Ibrahim, has opened for pop phenom Billie Eilish on tour and released two freestyles, "Pick It Up" and "Norcos."

With the games underway, OkayAfrica caught up with Thutmose to discuss his biggest influences, his journey, and how the FIFA placement came about.

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