Video: J. Cole's Afropop-Sampling "Can't Get Enough"


J. Cole does his best (lower budget) rendition of Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin" by hopping down to Barbados to hang on yachts and beaches with Trey Songz, Rihanna, and a plethora of girls. But what's important to us here is the Western African-sampling track, in which producer Brian Kidd loops “Paulette” by vintage Guinean orchestra Balla et ses Balladins (below). Always cool to see rap dudes dig up vintage African sounds — and it serves J. Cole well, he sounds at ease over the Guinean guitar riffs. BUT, and not that we don't get the appeal of the Caribbean, come on Cole! You should've made the trip to the continent for this one!

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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