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Premiere: Teck-Zilla Samples Isaac Hayes On His 'L.O.V.E' Anthem With Sonyae

Nigerian-born/Montreal-based beatmaker Teck-Zilla enlists Raleigh's Sonyae on the Isaac Hayes-sampling "L.O.V.E."


It's been a minute since we've shined light on Montreal's Teck-Zilla, but that doesn't mean the Nigerian-born beatmaker hasn't stayed busy. On his latest, which we premiere today, the Str8Buttah founding father taps Raleigh wordsmith Sonyae to narrate his Dillafied testament to "L.O.V.E." ("Living. Off. Volatile. Emotions"). Since conceiving the song's philosophy back in his university days as a scholar-rapper, Teck-Zilla (now a producer) resurrected the original idea into pure bliss-hop. The track's nostalgic flute line comes courtesy of an Isaac Hayes sample. Listen to "L.O.V.E." below and look out for Teck-Zilla's forthcoming Audio Chemistry: 1st Period compilation due out later this year.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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