Meanwhile, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib dropped one of the year's most cohesive and consistently dope albums, Bandana. There are a great number of songs to dance to across a whole range of genres from country to hip-hop. —SK, "Fvck You" is a marvel of a song about a spurned love: "Na you the cheat na me the beg / make una check ogbanje / shebi na me the find sisi yellow." Make sure you typed in your email correctly. Published under the Creative Commons Licence . Despite being super low-key, their bubbly “Personal” tune has accumulated over a million YouTube views and over 8 million plays on Spotify. This list is based on sound first, prominence of each record second and lastly (if at all), numbers and accolades. —SK, African Giant saw Burna Boy deliver several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound by blending influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more. —SK, Odunsi (The Engine), one of the leading artists coming out of Nigeria's new wave, came through with a surprise drop of the hip-hop-leaning "Wetin Dey" alongside the hazier "Better Days." 26 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart with nearly 60 million plays on Spotify alone. “Ballin'” took its sample from 702’s 1997 track “Get It Together” and tells the story of everything the Compton native had to go through to get to where he is today over production Mustard re-worked to fit a West Coast vibe, which hit No. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. The 27-year-old followed up with Digitalova in 2017 and a pair of tech-inspired projects (.Raw and .RawZ) in 2018. If any track or video embedded on this platform violates any copyrights please inform us immediately and we will take it down. 1 overall. —Sabo Kpade. Disclaimer: Music In Africa provides a platform for musicians and contributors to embed music and videos solely for promotional purposes. 6 September 2019, 16:52 | Updated: 24 December 2019, 12:13. "There's a lot of electric guitar on the album which is very much in the style of vintage WWE wrestler entrance themes," AKA told Apple Music in the album's liner notes. The specific origin of the name is uncertain but the dance itself, says the artist, is one he noticed while visiting The Shrine in Lagos. “Let’s Go” is an ode to Blue’s blending ability, both in the studio and in the booth. The sounds of a snazzy guitar up against a snare drum while Ari Lennox sings with honest awareness makes this song one of the best of the year. There are tracks made for dancing, there are tracks that make people want to dance, and there are tracks whose intent floats somewhere in between. At the mid-year point, XXL highlights the best songs to drop in 2019 (so far). Debuting as DTF (In Your Face) in 2015, the lifelong friends mirrored PNL’s tried-and-tested formula of trillwave melancholy with their debut album La Hass avant le Bonheur the same year. "Wetin Dey" samples a classic tune from Nigerian underground rap pioneers Ruff Rugged & Raw. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. “Got to Keep On” is a trippy, expansive, and eventful cut from the duo still pushing past what fans expect from the dance genre. A statement-of-intent banger from one of French rap’s most idiosyncratic talents. —OKA, The beat here is a delight and, while Naira Marley is a strong individual presence, tag-teaming with Zlatan adds even more gusto. —OKA, "Corner" is a tale of an unfaithful lover that cleverly layers soulful harmonies over a rich highlife arrangement. Migos 05 Rich The … "Sparky" runs through strong imagery ("bon chiga with a darkie") layered with unexpected references like "sexy punkie rider," which could be a nod to Sean Paul. —OKA, The global impact of Beyoncé, Wizkid, and Saint Jhn's single "Brown Skin Girl" is irrefutable. After their third album L’Apogee redefined the spectrum of possibilities for French rap, the Sexion members went their separate ways in 2013. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, SG Lewis Is Celebrating Being in the Moment, Megan Thee Stallion Is Dropping Her Debut Album, The Weeknd Will Perform at the 2021 Super Bowl, Kacey Musgraves Has a Lot of Things to Write About, Stevie Nicks Has a New Song with Miley Cyrus, Tracy Chapman Performs "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", Brittany Packnett Cunningham Talks Her New Podcast, 10 Ways to Get Your Culture Fix in November, A New Book Celebrates the Power of Queerness. What R&B in 2019 did very well though is become more refined and more stable. Blood Orange’s Angel’s Pulse finds Dev Hynes gorgeously blending the sounds of where he’s been and where he is. —OKA, Producer Id Cabasa scored a massive hit with the help of Nigerian stars Wizkid and Olamide, who once again prove themselves a potent combination following "Kana" and other collaborative hits. I'm winning. For Revenge of the Dreamers III, J. 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But it's well presented here by Kizz Daniel's supreme delivery, which spawned endless covers as part of the #FvckYouChallenge from the likes of Tiwa Savage, Falz, Sarkodie and others. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, becoming his fourth No. —SK, Davido initially dropped "Risky" as a taste from his long-awaited album A Good Time. 1 hit song that could very well be considered timeless. If 2019 were a hip-hop album, it'd be about time to usher in the bonus tracks. The continuous delivery of catchy, smooth sounds and new dance moves has put Naija hip hop and Afrobeats in the spotlight as the music from the country keeps turning more and more heads around the world. The mellow high-life track, which was produced by Sess, showcases some clear Fela Kuti influences. Fans have been hit by a series of new songs on radio and the internet, some of them great. He professes his love and deep affection for a fine girl, hoping to locate her low waist. We bring you the best French hip-hop for the month of October. That is to say, the year is coming to a close. On “Gold Teeth,” he calls upon Project Pat and Gangsta Boo for a track drenched in the best callbacks of the Dirty South. From Lupita Nyong'o to the adorable Dream Catchers' viral video, it's clear that this song, and more especially its lyrics, affirms and continues to affirm brown skin girls in every corner of the world. The track, which is one the the highlights from Alade's Woman of Steel album, follows the two big Nigerian names as they connect seamlessly in a song filled with sexual overtures. ZZZ Beats) 04 Gucci Mane - I Get The Bag feat. Olamide's ‘Totori’ is a street mantra and the provocative ‘Soapy’ by Naira Marley is high on the list of DJ's favourites. —OKA. Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. While Gims would go on to become the most prominent star in rap français, Lefa, the group’s standout rapper, steadily forged a reputation as one of France’s foremost emcees with a series of commendable LPs. Having spent formative years in Tunisia and Ivory Coast, Toulouse-born Laylow found solace in US hip-hop after returning to France at 13. This was a tumultuous year, with news stories fascinating (6ix9ine's high-profile legal proceedings) or tragic (the deaths of Nipsey Hussle and Juice Wrld) commanding the attention of fans, yet the actual output at times took a backseat. November 7, 2020, Instagram Flexin: Megan Thee Stallion Partners With Mortal Kombat, The Best New Hip Hop Mixtapes & EPs Of 2020 …so far. She confirms her position as one of the top superstars from the continent this year. “Let me catch ya vibe, let’s just take our time,” the Prince-approved singer croons on the hook and the sonics of the song are reflective of that entire line.


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