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Tommy Ills x Fratpack 'Pacmanbass'

Watch Johannesburg Revivolution Clique rapper Tommy Ills' 90s throwback video for his virtual banger "Pacmanbass" with Fratpack.


Joburg’s six-man Revivolution clique has been churning out a steady stream of under-the-radar future classics this year. First up on our radar was no-nonsense emcee Tony Dangler, who teamed up in March with DESERT_HEΔD aka Christian Tiger School‘s Luc Vermeer on the spooky boom bap “No Manners.” A few weeks later we were introduced to Dangler's fellow Revivolution rapper Tommy Ills (aka One L) and his smooth-speaking "See You Later" plus its lo-fi Cape Town romance/skate video. Ills crashed on our radar once more today with his latest self-directed video, this time around taking it back to the Fresh Prince days in the visuals for his video game banger "Pacmanbass." The song features Johannesburg's Fratpack brothers Mr.Calibre and Kitso joining in on the virtual bassmaking with a pair of easy breezy verses over a bumping Pac Man sample. For the video, Grime Town director Ills enlisted a team of Joburg's cool kids to post up in his 90s daydream. Watch Tommy Ills and Fratpack's nostalgic "Pacmanbass" video below. For more from Ills and his fellow clique members follow Revivolution over at Soundcloud.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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