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Video: Deep Level "We Run the City"


Since meeting in primary school, South African hip hop duo, Deep Level, have been chillin, rhymin, freestylin and partaking in all other illicit activities that young boys do. Eventually they formed Deep Level and made plans for total world domination - well, really I mean total hip hop domination. I'd say having just been nominated for 'Best Duo or Group' at Nigeria's Sound City Music Video Awards is a great beginning for said take over. Their self-released debut album, which dropped earlier this year, "is an introspective and interesting album that reveals a more mature side to Gaoza and Lebza (the Deep Level members)." Simply put, "We’re taking it back to the basics," beams Lebza, "…using hip hop as a tool to reach out to the community and saying things that speak out to people who can relate." Check out their video for "We Run the City," above, which was nominated for the 'Most Gifted Duo' at the Channel O Music Video Awards 2010.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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