Songs of the day: New music from Good Girl L.A, Sakordie, Peruzzi, Champagne69 & others

Your latest dose of great music from across Africa

Music has become increasingly important in the last month, and the constant cycle can mean that you miss some of the new music coming out of Africa. As the music scene grows more and more expansive, we’ve decided to help out, by sorting through all the new songs from across all the sub-genres around the continent to curate a column with all the best “Songs of the Day”, to highlight all the new releases you absolutely Need to hear.

If the ‘Rona has taught us anything, it’s that music is very important to everyone right now, and artists are doing their fair bit to keep us going. On Monday, we brought you new releases by a diverse set of artists, including Lil Frosh, Mayorkun, Ka$hlanta, David Meli, DedeJae, SOLIS, Ictooicy, Eri Ife, Efe Oraka and more. Today, we have new releases to add to your playlists from South African rap duo, Champagne69, Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie, GoodGirl LA, The Black Esper and Tenola, Phyno, Laime, Buju and BadBoy Timz. Enjoy.

Champagne69 – “15 Goons”

South African hip-hop duo, Champagne69 just released their first song of the year, “15 Goons”, which finds them paying tribute to their gang.  Against NotBenjamin and Ezechiel(SorryZeke)’s beat, they rap; “15 goons/ I ain’t got no problems but my niggas do”, making clear to their opps that they are protected. The accompanying video for “15 Goons” captures them in black and white frames that match their menacing lyrics as we see Williestilios and Siyangena69 walking through the streets with enough goons to fill up the road.

Sarkodie – “Sub Zero”

Sarkodie is tired of being disrespect by his peers, especially after last year’s BET Hip Hop Awards win for “Best International Flow”, and to prove it futher, he’s just released a diss track, “Sub Zero”, aimed at rappers who refuse to acknowledge his greatness.

Over the Altra Nova-produced beat, he reminds everyone that “Ain’t nobody better than Orbidi/They said I couldn’t do it but I did it/ This is for the mudafucking critics/ rapper-holic but I sold all the tickets” as he raps in his signature fast-paced flow and mix of English and Twi lyrics. Though he doesn’t call anyone out, “Sub Zero” seems like a stray bullet to warn everyone and possibly incite a full on rap battle or war.

GoodGirl LA – “Jeje”

GoodGirl LA has released a new single, “Jeje”, her second single release since her EP debut, ‘LA Confidential’. While her lyrics, “I’ll make you feel alright/ Cause when I dey with you na confirm/ Nobody makes me feel this way” continues building her discography with romance inclined themes, the Priimebeatz-produced highlife beat with wistful guitar harmonies provide a new groove for fans to dance to.

The Black Esper – “Mr Right” Feat. Tenola

The Black Esper and Tenola’s new collaboration, “Mr Right” unravels like a story that shows how love isn’t always as straightforward as we’d like. While The Black Esper raps and sings about his confident feeling that he’s the right man for his love interest, Tenola responds with a verse that trashes his feelings singing; “I’m not down for you at all/ You were just for that time/ You’re not my  Mr right”. “Mr Right” captures the heartbreaking story of guys who fall in love too quickly while the lightweight backing beat will get you on your feet.

Laime – “Oga Boss” Feat. Buju and Badboy Timz

Laime teamed up with Afropop singers, Buju and Badboy Timz for his new single, “Oga Boss”. The trap beat produced by Telz allows the singers show their versatile as they tap into their rap influences to deliver cocky bars over the lush production which set a laidback mood through relaxing percussion, flute samples, synth harmonies, 808s and bass drums. All three artists brag about their flamboyant lifestyles as they flex their talent, wealth and gang affiliations at an “Oga Boss” that is meant to represent anyone that underestimates them.

Peruzzi – “Reason” Feat. Not3s

It’s nice to know that the harmonious relationship between Nigeria and the UK is still striving despite the ‘Rona. Peruzzi just released his 3-track tape, ‘3’ a romance filled testament of the DMW singer’s ear for catchy melodies. The last track, “Reason” features Not3s’ melodic cadence as the British rapper joins Peruzzi to deliver lines written to charm their way in their love interest’s hearts; “Girl you be my type and I be your type”. Their sweetly melodic voices are convincing, and are complimented perfectly by the backing  Speroachbeats.

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