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Young Paris & M1 of Dead Prez Deliver 'Get Ready,' An Anthem For All Oppressed People of Color

Young Paris and M1 premiere "Get Ready," the lead single from their forthcoming collaborative album 'African Vogue.'


Young Paris and M1 of Dead Prez have teamed up on an anthem for all oppressed people of color.

Created in response to current events in the U.S. and the struggles of the ‘Afro community,’ “Get Ready” sees both acts rapping about standing up to injustice over dance beats. The track is the lead single from Young Paris and M1’s forthcoming collaborative album African Vogue, which will be out this summer.

“'Get Ready' invites the people of color to express themselves vigorously with the mindset of Africa Rising,” Young Paris tells Okayafrica. “My intentions were to get people feeling revolutionized while shaking all they got.”

“This song is an affirmation of African flyness!” adds M1. “It spits in the face of those historically backward thinkers who will be slammed to the ground by future-forward African culture and technology.”

Stream and download “Get Ready” below, African Vogue is due in late May.

Catch Young Paris live August 14 at Okayafrica's NYC SummerStage show alongside Mbongwana Star and Batida.

Young Paris Concert Dates

May 13 - ATLANTA Red Bull Sound Select @ Aisle 5

May 30 - NYC Everyday People @ Output Roof

June 3 - PARIS Afropunk Paris @ Le Trianon

August 14 - NYC SummerStage @ Central Park

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''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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