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You Need These Remixes of Mr Eazi, Cardi B & Kendrick Lamar In Your Life

Uproot Andy and Studio 189 deliver the goods in their Bumper to Bumper remix album.

If you were in need of some new tracks for your dance playlist look no further.


Uproot Andy has collaborated with Studio 189the fashion brand and social initiative founded by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah—to release the new 16-track remix album, and accompanying mixtape, Bumper to Bumper.

Bumper to Bumper will take you on a journey through all the tracks you probably had on repeat last year, from Mr Eazi's "Leg Over" to Bodak Yellow," through a new lens crafted by the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer.

The hits are recognizable but given a completely new life through Uproot Andy's blend of afrobeats, baile funk, dembow, Afro-Latino and Caribbean rhythms.

"I'm really inspired by the way Studio 189 balances local Ghanaian cultural traditions with a global style that speaks to everyone," the DJ mentions. "I wanted to emphasize the shared culture of the different genres and remix the songs so as to blur the distinctions between them, so that it would flow together and feel like one style even as the language of the singing changes from song to song."

Get into it and purchase all 16 remixes for just $1 below—you wont find a better deal than that. Plus, if you're in NYC, catch these sounds and more live tonight at Esther & Carol (details in the Instagram flyer below).


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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

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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