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The Chicken Connoisseur Goes Grime, Messes Up

The Chicken Connoisseur switches up the format of his hit show the Pengest Munch but makes a big mistake in the process.

We've been Chicken Connoisseur stans for a minute now. Like millions of others drawn to Elijah Quashie's charisma, his mastery of London slang and his genuine love of corner chicken shops we subscribe to the channel to see the man himself. Pure personality.


So when today's episode of The Pengest Munch had Quashie showing up to eat with a squad we were a little unsure of how to feel about the new direction. And when Quashie's guest started spitting over the Dipset Anthem instrumental it was over. End of an era. But something weird happened—we liked it. We REALLY liked it.

Except we googled Quashie's guest, the up-and-coming MC, Bonkaz, and turns out he's a really terrible person who is currently on the British sex offender registry and has served time for kidnapping and torturing a disabled man. All in all a pretty difficult person to defend, let alone give shine to on the usual bastion of good taste that is the Pengest Munch.

So, good format but scrap the awful guest.

Interview

Interview: Omah Lay Is Nigeria's New Young Act to W​atch

We sit down with the rising Port Harcourt-born musician to talk about his latest EP, Get Layd.

Omah Lay's music is at once introspective and hedonistic, matched with the vibrancy of alt-pop production, sometimes crafted by the artist himself. The Nigerian act, who released his debut EP, Get Layd, earlier this year has been described as wielding the "lyricism of Burna Boy and the melodies of Wizkid."

Omah Lay's grandfather played in Celestine Ukwu's highlife band; his father played the drums too. Being put through his paces in Nigeria's South region—specifically Port Harcourt—supplies the grit to Omah's velvety singing. The starkness of the world he inhabits is a wonder and his lyrics are too. Phrases like "You dun burst my eyeglass" and "Omo she be SARS and she carry full van" are a cultural stamp, a burst out of the ordinary for listeners, many of whom now declare Omah Lay as "special."

Following the validating reception of singles "You" and "Bad Influence," Omah Lay shared the Get Layd EP on May 22. Including just three new songs might have posed a gamble and not defined his sound well enough, but the musician shattered those judgements. Omah Lay is a gifted artist and has the uncanny ability to exist in his space, even when circling around the afro-fusion tag that has seen a recent rise in adaptability.

Below, Omah Lay speaks to OkayAfrica about his Get Layd EP, coming to Lagos, and more.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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