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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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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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