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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.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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