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Video: Tasti and Sukiyaki are Trip City + "Shon Sun" ft. Tunde J

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If you’ve got 7 minutes to kill (and who are you trying to fool, you’re on the internet, of course you have 7 minutes to kill) then I suggest you get high by proxy with Abba Makama’s off-the-wall introduction to all things Trip City. What is Trip City you ask? Tasti and Sukiyaki, the most colorful Naija rap duo you’ve every seen. Don’t believe me? Well, according to a fan known only by the moniker “Deep Guy,” they’re like yin and yang or some type of “whole rounded entity.” This is only one of many highly energetic, occasionally distorted eye witness accounts. You’ve gotta believe these guys because from what I can see in that video their fans are having way more fun then you’ve had all year.

Originally solo artists, rapper Tasti and rapper/singer/producer Sukiyaki have teamed up for a whirlwind of new school Naija rap. Their first single "Shon Sun" ft. Tunde J (listen below!) is every bit as kinetic as the above video suggests. We’ll be on the look out for more from this new duo, and definitely more crazy videos from Abba Makama.

And remember: don't be sleeping in Texas. Wanna know WTF that means? Check the vid.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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