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Tems Will Appear On Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy'

Billboards have been popping up across Lagos confirming Tems' feature on Drake's new album.

Drake's long-awaited new album Certified Lover Boy is set to drop tomorrow, September 3.

Ahead of the release, the Canadian superstar started teasing the album's features by putting up billboard announcements across several cities. The ones that caught our eye, as reported by PulseNG, are those in Lagos that simply read: "Hey Nigeria TEMS is on CLB."

Past OkayAfrica contributor and Afrobeats Intelligence founder Joey Akan captured them on Twitter below:

Tems has had a huge 2021 with "Essence," the Wizkid single which she features on, blowing up across North American charts and markets and, even, getting a Justin Bieber remix.

Drake has of course featured and collaborated with a number of Nigerian artists in the past, most notably with Wizkid on "One Dance," "Come Closer" and more.

The Canadian artist also announced a host of other features for Certified Lover Boy across cities like Atlanta, Chicago, LA, Memphis and New York which confirm that Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Giveon, Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Yebba, and, apparently. Jay-Z will also feature on the album.

Check out some of the other billboards below.

We'll be waiting on that Tems track!

Update: Tems just posted the billboards herself. See below


6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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