Also including new music from LD, Berama, Young Loun and Medikal.
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 an explosive collaboration between NSG and LD, the heady riddim of Vybz Kartel, Berama and Loan’s trippy vibes, a body disposal tutorial by Medikal and a promotion of electric cars by Didine Canon 16.
“Roadblock” feat. LD
United Kingdom, May 5th, 2022
London-based collective NSG unites with fellow British driller LD in “Roadblock” taken from their four-track EP Headliner. In it, the “godfather of UK drill” takes a detour from his usual vibe to embrace the dancehall sound of the East London crew.
Jamaica, April 22nd, 2022
Still in Prison, Jamaican artist Vybz Kartel managed to produced this new single entitled “Money Bag” included in the mix Spring Break Riddim (which features other Jamaican dancehall reggae stars such as Chronic Law, Ding Dong, Tashina andRytikal). In it, the heady riddim supports Kartel’s husky flow.
“Everytime” feat. Loun
Morocco, May 6th, 2022
Moroccan rapper Berama teams up with fellow songwriter Young Loun in single “Everytime” produced by Naji Razzy and BAO. The duo’s eerie rap and auto-tuned voices produce a surreal sound to match their trippy visuals.
Ghana, May 6th, 2022
Ghanaian rapper Medikal shows us how to neatly dispose of a body in “Witness”. His blasé attitude and steady confident flow reminds us of the importance of staying cool in such stressful situations.
“Didine Canon 16”
Algeria, May 3rd, 2022
Algerian rapper Didine Canon 16 – and his animated 3D model alter ego – promote environmental awareness through the single “Tesla”. Without missing a beat, Didine Canon 16 does not stop to catch his breath with his dense lyrics and impressive delivery.