Also including new music from Arrdee, Black Sherif, Tiitof and Le D.
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 Blaqbonez’s return to his hip-hop roots, a heavy remix by Arrdee and Black Sherif, a freestyle dedicated to the UK Girlies and Madems signed Ms Banks, the gritty voices of the unhinged SÉKETXE and an insular-trap infused drill track by Titof and Le D.
Nigeria, June 4th, 2022
Blaqbonez, who came up as an internet battle rapper, took a detour into afrobeats on Sex Over Love. Now, it’s time for the Best Rapper in Africa to “Go Home” to his hip-hop roots with a drill inspired track, giving a Black Sherif shoutout for his return: “Ever since Kwaku dropped I’ve been travellin’”.
ArrDee & Black Sherif
“Come & Go”
Ghana, June 3rd, 2022
Brittish rapper ArrDee who recently dropped his debut mixtape Pier Pressure, invites Ghanaian rising star Black Sherif while traveling to Lagos for a heavy remix. Another notch on Black Sherif belt as he takes over the international stage with his unmistakable voice and hard hitting lyrics.
“We Go Up”
United Kingdom, May 26th, 2022
British rapper of Ugandan and Nigerian descent Ms Banks goes in on a new freestyle dedicated to her UK Girlies and Mandem and featuring a chorus from Trinidadian born Nicki Minaj. In the track the unabashed Ms Banks stakes her claim rapping, “I be the baddest bitty in the city”.
Angola, May 27th, 2022
Angolan rap troupe SÉKETXE follow up their debut album with a video for the single “GHETÃO VENCEU”. With some of the grittiest voices in the game and an unmatchable energy, SÉKETXE is a PAM favorite and a group to follow closely, notably the frontman Kokiana Preta whose delivery is totally captivating.
“Capitals” feat. Le D
France, June 2nd, 2022
Born in Martinique, Titof is a 26 year old rapper who’s allegedly been singing since the age of 11. On “Capitals” he invites up-and-comer Le D on a tour of his hometown Fort-de-France. Another testament to drill’s worldwide popularity, this time with an island-trap twist.