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Tunde Olaniran 'Brown Boy' Remix EP

Tunde Olaniran's 'Brown Boy' Remix EP features reworks by Killing Time, Ancient Language, Jon Zott, and Revoir.


Avant-garde pop experimentalist Tunde Olaniran has returned with a remix EP featuring the reworked stylings of Detroit area friends for "Brown Boy." The original allows the Michigan-based/Nigerian-American singer to show off his dexterity as he jumps between Kelis-esque vocals and a Cool Kids "Mickey Rocks" recalling 808 rap beat. Remixes from Jon Zott and Detroit's "Future Soul Beats" maker Ancient Language give the original self-definition anthem a new lease of life. Revoir inject the track with a dose of pop-synth energy whilst Killing Time's dance beat warps "Brown Boy" into a modern vogueing soundtrack. Even when slipped into different outfits, Tunde's playful yet important lyrics sing through: "I'm every single thing you think of me, I'm a sinner, killer, drug dealer refugee." Watch out for Tunde's Yung Archetype EP (due out February 25th via Quite Scientific). In the meantime, stream the full Brown Boy Remix EP below.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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