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Walshy Fire, Ice Prince & Demarco's 'Round of Applause' Will Soundtrack Your Summer

PREMIERE: New heat from the Major Lazer producer & DJ.


Walshy Fire is readying the release of his new record, Abeng, which aims to be a conversation between the Caribbean and Africa, featuring some of the biggest names across the dancehall and afro-fusion scenes.

We've already heard the Runtown-featuring lead single "No Negative Vibes," and now the Major Lazer DJ/producer is sharing his latest drop, "Round Of Applause," alongside Nigerian heavyweight rapper Ice Prince and Jamaica's Demarco.

"Round of Applause," which we're premiering here today, is a sun-tinged production that blends deep dancehall synths with Ice Prince and Demarco's addictive vocals about a girl that looks so good she, well, deserves a round of applause.


"Ice Prince is really the architect to that song," Walshy Fire tells OkayAfrica. "As soon as I heard the melodies, I was like, 'This is a hit, man. This is a great song, such a fun song, such a summer song.' Demarco and I were talking about doing something together at the same time, so I sent him the track. He said 'Yeah, that's the one,' and for a couple months we went back and forth, changing up the beat and the vocals, and formatted the song."

Get into "Round of Applause" below. Abeng is due June 7 via Mad Decent.

Walshy Fire, Ice Prince & Demarco - Round Of Applause (Official Lyric Video) youtu.be

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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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