Also including new music from Skillibeng, Dope Saint Jude, F.S. & PsychoYP
Each week Pan African Music scours the digital vaults for the latest and greatest rap from across the African continent and its diaspora. Drill, trap, grime, Afropop, amapiano, coupé-décalé, electro mahragan… all these sub-genres and interpretations make an appearance, attesting to hip-hop’s power to unite the world with indomitable flows and creative melodies. Rap is now the world’s music, and our pan-African selection is only scratching the surface. If it’s here, it means we think it bumps, and would be confident sharing it with hip hop heads everywhere. We encourage you to do the same.
This week’s Pan African Rap roundup features a high point for Black Sherif, Skillibeng’s bang and clap rap, Laime’s smooth drill-trap, Dope Saint Jude’s battlecry for the women in her life and the contagiously fun vibes of Chris Kaiga.
“Kwaku the Traveller”
Ghana, March 30th, 2022
Black Sherif takes an emotional detour on his latest single with lyrics that cut to the heart: “Of course I fucked up. Who never fucked up hands in the air!” Another banger from Ghana’s most electric rapper.
“Whap Whap” feat F.S.
Jamaica, March 10th, 2022
Skillibeng brings us to the streets of Jamaica, intermingling hand claps and ad-libs for the click and pull of gun triggers. The crocodile toothed rap star continues to mount his legacy “Brick Pan Brick“.
“Purple Rain” feat. PsychoYP
Nigeria, January 27th, 2022
Laime blends drill and trap music, inviting Nigeria’s premier driller PsychoYP on this new single. According to Prince, “purple rain” is “when there’s blood in the sky”. For Laime, the term is reserved for all those who think this is a game.
Dope Saint Jude
South Africa, March 25th, 2022
“The song is for my mom and my grandmother,” Dope Saint Jude said in an upcoming interview for PAM. “I go to war for all the things they put you through. It’s a testament and a commitment to live a life of joy and happiness, to break that cycle of suffering.”
Kenya, January 28th, 2022
Kenya’s Chris Kaiga takes a single off his debut LP Adventures Of Kaiga for a PAM favorite featuring an extra long credit roll that shows just how much fun it is to be in the Kaiga entourage.