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Rising South African Lyricist Touchline Has Some Words For Artists Who Buy Awards

Watch Touchline's new music video for 'Award Shows.'

Touchline won The People's Choice Award at the Verse of the Year Awards hosted by Slikour On Life and Stogie T last week. This is a result of the major buzz he has managed to create with aggressive punchline-heavy raps. From his 2018 EP/mixtape 18 Flow, comes the MC's latest video single "Award Shows."


In the song, the MC flexes his skills while questioning the ways of the game, especially how awards are given. He raps:

"If I'm not on their TV screens, am I not a star?/ Why don't we get awards for saving souls with our art?/ What about the PDotOs, the ones that rap from the heart?"

The song's video is tongue-in-cheek, showing the MC buying awards from a shop and later getting kicked off someone's lawn after shooting a scene of his video.

Touchline is a lyrical genius, and is off to a great start. As he says, he's "That Tupac mixed with 2 Pros and Double H/ Then you dash it with two shots of Nas and Jay/ Double cup of Biggie Smalls and Dr. Dre/ Pop a bottle of Eminem, I'm drunk again."

This will sure be an interesting year for SA hip-hop once again.

Watch the music video below, and listen to 18 Flow underneath or download it here.

Touchline - Award Shows (Official Video) www.youtube.com


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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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