Video: Meet Dub Inc

Okayafrica meet Dub Inc, Dub Inc meet Okayafrica. From Saint-Etienne, France, Dub Inc is a group of friends turned into your not so typical reggae band, with influences from North African music to hip hop. Formed in 1997, they have dropped several EPs throughout the years, and their latest LP, Afrikya came out in May 2008. They are more than just different genres of music, Dub Inc also performs in several languages: French, English, Arabic, and Kabyle. Gaining fans and friends along their long 13 year journey, this multi-lingual group is still going strong, and is currently on tour. Check out their latest live performance in Portugal above, and check for their upcoming tour dates after the jump!

July 30, 2010:                Riding Higher Festival, Munich, Germany

August 14, 2010:            Ostroda Reggae Festial, Ostroda, Poland

August 28, 2010:           Uprising Festival, Bratislava, Slovakia

September 4, 2010:       Weltnacht Festival, Bielefield, Germany

September 23, 2010:     Ososphere Festival, Strasbourg, France


Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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