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Listen to Uno July’s New Introspective Single ‘I Am’

If you want to slow it down just a notch, "I Am" is definitely for you.

Save from dropping a few songs and a music video for the Reason-featuring "Guess What I'm Doing," it's been a quiet year for the member for the South African rapper Uno July.


"I Am" goes against the grain. It's December, and people are jamming to up-tempo light-hearted songs, but the MC, who's always been an outlier, drops a smoothie. "I Am" sees the MC spit introspective melodic rhymes over spacious keys, and a healthy bassline that feels like winter, over muffled drums.

"I am underrated, underpaid, with the undying belief that I'm the greatest," he raps. He closes the song by paying homage to his mother who has been supportive in his career: "I am en existence of my mother's daily prayers/ My backbone and confidante when nobody else cared." He tells his life story, citing being an underground mainstay with Ill Skillz, being a visionary, being flawed, and making sure to not lose focus through all hurdles.

If you want to slow it down just a notch, "I Am" is definitely for you.

Listen to "I Am" below or here.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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