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The Hustle: A Playlist of Anthems for Africa's Dreamers & Doers

This month at OkayAfrica we're celebrating Africa's dreamers and go-getters with the theme THE HUSTLE.

This month at OkayAfrica we're celebrating Africa's dreamers and doers with the theme THE HUSTLE. As DJ Khaled likes to say “they don’t want you to win.” But win we do. And this month's playlist is dedicated to all of you on your grind, making things happen.


Last month's playlist spotlighted Black women with a mix of Solange, Erykah Badu, Queen Latifah and more. This month's list features songs about the daily grind, as well as tracks to grind to starring the likes of Nasty C, Tiwa Savage, Vanessa Mdee, Burna BoyDavido and many others.

Get the extended playlist, and much more, on OkayAfrica‘s Apple Music channel.

Nasty C "Hell Naw"

19-year-old Nasty C understands the South African hip-hop industry better than anyone, and he's quickly thriving because of it. "Hell Naw," off his highly anticipated debut album, Bad Hair, was easily one of the biggest South African songs of 2016, and it’s easy to tell why.

Tiwa Savage "Bad" ft. Wizkid

Nigerian star Tiwa Savage has been steadily killing it for years. Last year, she expanded her reach by signing a deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation. On "Bad," Tiwa links up with another Nigerian power force, Wizkid, for an all-around boss anthem.

Ray BLK "Patience"

Ray BLK—the British-Nigerian winner of the BBC Sound of 2017 and one of our U.K. Artists to Watch this year—talks about taking your time when trying to to make it big in the music world. Or, in any world, for that matter. The artist spoke to us about Black British womanhood here.

Reniss "La Sauce"

Before the phrase “I’ve got the sauce” started showing up in every other rap song and Instagram caption, Cameroonian singer Reniss made a knocking record that showed how much of it she already possessed. Throughout the track, the singer plays with the double entendre and innuendos of the phrase ‘la sauce’ in Cameroonian culture.

Stream ‘THE HUSTLE’ extended playlist on Apple Music.

Burna Boy "Yawa Dey"

Burna Boy has become one of the highest-buzzing acts coming out of Nigeria. In "Yawa Dey," he chronicles his rise to the top with the aide of a dancehall bass line and some striking city scenes.

AKA "The World Is Yours"

South African hip-hop heavyweight AKA gives a toast to handling your business and taking over the scene in his feel-good hustling anthem "The World Is Yours."

Vanessa Mdee "Cash Madame"

Vanessa Mdee's latest single is "a declaration of independence for all the hard working, forward thinking, thought provoking fly girls of the world and the men who are NOT afraid of a strong girl," the Tanzanian star mentions.

Kano "P's and Q's"

Kano talks about handling his money and product—"P's and Q's" here aren't just manners but pounds and quarter ounces—across London and the region in this classic grime hit.

Davido "Dami Duro"

"Dami Duro" translates to 'stop me.' Davido's breakout hit is a powerful, and highly-addictive, track about just that: not being stopped by anyone.

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Listen to Saul Williams' New Album 'Encrypted & Vulnerable'

The score for his directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

Saul Williams is back with his new album, Encrypted & Vulnerable.

The 13-track album, which is part of his MartyrLoserKing project, is described by Williams as his first "spoken word" album. It was entirely self-produced, mixed by by Gonjasufi and features the likes of Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), My Brightest Diamond, Christian Scott (Atoms For Peace) and more.

Encrypted & Vulnerable is also the score for Saul Wililams' directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

"Encrypted & Vulnerable is simultaneously a personal and intimately optimistic takedown on struggle, defiance, awareness, aloneness, and a takedown of heteronormative capitalistic patriarchal authoritarian politics in topics ranging from love, technology, religion, war, to migration," Williams mentions.

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Simi and Adekunle Gold are the Absolute Cutest In Their New Music Video 'By You'

The couple are giving us all the feels in their latest music video.

Simi and Adekunle Gold continue their streak of duets with their latest "By You," from the former's latest album Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1.

On the new track, the couple once again deliver loving lyrics and sweet melodies, sharing an accompanying video highlighting their bond. The video behind with what looks like personal footage from the company, later following them around as they adventure across Los Angeles, playfully driving around and even making a stop at the LA staple, Randy's Donuts.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's 'Coming To America'-Inspired Nike Sneaker Will Be Dropping Very Soon

The Nigerian-Greek NBA MVP is releasing a limited edition run of his Nike collab, 'Zoom Freak 1.'

Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to release a limited edition run of his sneaker, the "Zoom Freak 1" in collaboration with Nike very soon, Konbini reports.

And to top it all off, it's going to be inspired by the classic late 1980s comedy Coming To America—one of Antetokounmpo's favorite movies—where the designs will be made in collaboration with Paramount Pictures.

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