contemporary Nigerian jams

beiser

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some truly world-class stuff coming out these last few years.

SDC’s Clone Wars 4 was probably my album of the year for 2019, really good stuff:
 

beiser

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It’s surprising to me that M.I hasn’t made a bigger impact globally. Maybe his style is slightly too derivative, you can really see the Kanye influence on his flow. Lots of good albums but let’s get some singles:
 

catalog

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I've never heard of these guys and can't check em out right now but they sound quite interesting. Lollywood?
 

catalog

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I don't know African music so well tbh. Nyege Nyege was a thing in Manchester for a bit and it was OK but I always preferred the English stuff.
 

beiser

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You’re probably thinking of Nollywood, but honestly I don’t know if there’s a ton of crossover. It does feel like most of the video production might owe more to Youtube after-effects tutorials than the Nigerian film industry, but maybe I’m wrong.
 

beiser

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Fireboy DML has been getting just enough press in the west that it feels close to cheating to list him, but maybe still not enough just yet:
 

beiser

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trying to cancel out the last post, i’ve been digging this duo, Kiienka and Veen. Port Harcourt. less than 1000 youtube views, real crate-digging energy:
 

catalog

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I just swapped over to this from mase (tell me what you want) and it's OK so far. Odd that falsetto. And the slow delivery is quite unusual.
 

catalog

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These are weird... Seems very old sort of style, harking back to a time of hip hop innocence, but with a different voice.

Is contemporary US hip hop just a bit too much? It's eaten itself or something?
 

beiser

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These are weird... Seems very old sort of style, harking back to a time of hip hop innocence, but with a different voice.

Is contemporary US hip hop just a bit too much? It's eaten itself or something?
There is something very 00s/early-10s about a lot of it. There is contemporary US hiphop I enjoy, but a lot of it feels more vibe-driven, less memorable. Streambait, empty sonic calories.
 

beiser

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maybe I got it wrong—I didn’t mean vibiness at all; that is something that some of these selections have in droves. (The SDC album at the top of the thread even has a song entitled “In the Vibe We Trust.”)

what I meant to point to was maybe something more like a temporal indistinctness.
 

beiser

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One more Nigerian rapper, A-Q. Suspect my appreciation for this guy is rooted mostly in an appreciation of craft more than any particular originality.
 

beiser

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Wanna go back to SDC for a moment. pure range. Their output is split about 50/50 between hard rap ("clone wars") and relaxed cool jams ("palmwine"). On the vibier end of the spectrum, you've got stuff like this—liquor, women, music, relaxing:

On the other hand, this track has what is maybe the most chilling line I've ever heard in a song—whole thing is about dealing with the trauma of war crimes:
 

catalog

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Mate no offence but thhis thread isn't gonna go anywhere, what else you got? I think it needs to be American or English rally, anything else isn't real
 

catalog

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Yeah I know I'm sorry, but we're gonna need something else, we're not ready to appreciate anything other than English or American. Jamaican at a push but that's it. I'm sorry, heartfelt apologies, please forgive me.
 
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