Tech Talk: Iddris Sandu

What does the collaboration of technology, diaspora and the culture look like ?

If you hit run on that code you will get:

Iddris Sandu

Design Architect

Iddris is a one of a kind Crea+iv.

Born into a Ghanaian father while living in Compton & Harbor City, Iddris, has always lived a dual reality. That, & the fact at a young age his father sent him to Ghana where he stayed for nearly 9 months; an experience many first generation African children can relate to. During his experience in Ghana Iddris learned to distinguish the difference between “Real world problems” & “First world problems”.

Shortly after returning to the US from his extended trip abroad, the first ever Apple Iphone was released. This inspired Iddris to begin learning code.

He spent 2 years studying at Torrance Public Library and later to applied for a Google internship at the tender age of 13. At the age of 14, Iddris received the Presidential Scholar award from President Barack Obama himself. The year after, Sandu, 15, was analysing data for Twitter. The explore page on instagram? 16 year old Iddris did that. He even has influence on the development of Snapchat’s Spectacles. Shortly after at age 19 he worked on an autonomous driving software at Uber. By the age of 20, Iddris was the technology powerhouse behind the late Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon Smart Store, the roads in which the culture and Tech collaborated to create a new retail experience.

 

“I see a young dude that is, one of us. Obviously from the culture. “ –

Nipsey Hussle

Design is a topic near to Iddris’ heart. He takes his influences from the likes of Steve Jobs, who was arguably the godfather of consumer electronic design, Jony Ive, the lead designer at Apple. And the 10 Principles of good design by Dieter Rams is his code to life.

 

“I believe we can change the world through good design.“

Iddris Sandu

Often described as Kanye West X  Elon Musk, Sandu has a desire to develop brands that use technology as a blueprint.

As a humanist, Iddris uses himself as a vessel for the underprivileged and under-informed or misinformed. He seeks to educate others on the topics of tech, the digital revolution and how it affects the culture. An aware individual taking actions against the digital divide.

I am a humanist.

I want to see everyone thrive.

I don’t like classism.

I don’t like gaps.

I want everyone to have equal experience.

Iddris Sandu

In Gen Z: Plan A

In Gen Z: Plan A, Iddris gives us a real time notification to upgrade our operating system.

“As a minority growing up in this era we risk the chance of losing a seat at the table.”

Iddris Sandu

Sandu speaks on the digital divide and suggests an exposure centered approach to education.

Here’s some of information Iddris offers up to the cloud.

Diverse infrastructure is necessary. …period.

Any software not developed by a diverse group of humans from the ground up automatically renders the software biased. Simply put, any software developed by one group of humans will only work for that group of humans.

The importance of teaching good design.

Guidelines on how to design for a better world will improve overall human experiences. Guidelines that takes into account the values of the culture will allow for the design of a technology to meet the needs of the culture.

A new design ethos: Aspirational Necessitation

Aspirational Necessitation is the idea of taking principles usually applied to aspirational products and applying them to products necessary for day to day life. Imagine if the same care and attention to detail invested into the iphone was applied to street lights.

 

Iddris Sandu: The AfroFuturist

“If I am going to do anything next in tech it’s going to be on the basis of infrastructure, everything for me goes back to infrastructure.”

Iddris Sandu

I feel like the most impactful thing we can do is to build an experimental prototype community in Africa, which is going to be where the next generation of global leaders come from, because they’re exposed to a lot of problems that no one else wants to fix.

https://www.surfacemag.com/articles/iddris-sandu-is-going-to-change-the-world/

 

This, Ladies and Gentleman is a collaboration of the diaspora & technology.

 

An invitation to collaborate & execute with the dopest humans possible?

We Accept!

The dream, drive, and vision to develop Africa with a design ethos never before practiced by man is alive and growing within the culture. Now is a time unlike never before to take action. The barrier to entry has been digitally dissolved. Tools previously reserved for those who own infrastructure now exist within the cloud. The tech is here to build the future Africa we desire and deserve.

Iddris stresses the importance of the Iphone for two reasons. This was the first time people could touch software; the relationship between user and tech became intimate. Secondly, the App Store was open for the business, with an accompanying developer program that gave users the potential to program apps. This is important because of ownership. Every app is developed using a coding language. Coding languages are developed by people. If a group of biased people develop code, the code will be inherently biased, biased code biased program. Biased programing results in a less than optimal user experience.

We look forward to experiencing what happens when people of the culture develop a coding language for the culture.

That concludes today’s Tech Talk.

Remember, WE TOLD YOU

“We must not make the same mistakes those before us made, we must remember to be inclusive, diverse & help everyone else around us because we are one race, the human race.

Iddris Sandu

 

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Support the Artist: Ms. Banks

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Meet Ms. Banks

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This 24-year old Southeast London bombshell has paid her dues in the game so give her some flowers! She’s even featured on a motion picture soundtrack.
Ms. Banks has been dropping singles on Soundcloud for years now.

However, if the recent drop of this undeniable banger ! Snack – Ms. Banks Ft. Kida Kudz doesn’t earn her her shine?

Electric chair!

We are gonna go ahead & say colorism is in play here

…which,

when is it never?

But we disgress.
Ms. Banks said she wrote her first bar at age 11; her South East London up-bringing made her “a tough cookie” , even when she’s expressing vunerability on a track the message is always delivered with a little edge. Possibly due to her learnt defense mechanisms growing up.
Day Ones – Ms. Banks was when she felt the audience started to take her seriously & recognize her as an artist.

You can see & hear Ms. Banks‘ growth in her music & visuals.

She seems more comfortable in her skin & with her talent. She does have interviews expressing these views also.

Below is Clap – Ms Banks, from her latest 2018 mixtape; The Coldest Winter Ever. Ms. Banks can belt a melody & bust some bars. Don’t get her confused.

She’s versatile! & just how we like our artists; talented.

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With lyrics like; “Ride in rotation, I’m never waiting, I be percolating. I’m talking money to these bitches I’m the conversation” she is always on brand for her message to young girls to; “know they can be whoever they want to be. Oh & also be rich – Ms. Banks”.
Chat 2 Mi Gyal – Ms. Banks may be our personal favorite. Ms. Banks rocks the mic to an unorthodox beat fit for the ballroom scene. Her word play on this song –in particular– produces a pleasing eargasm for the lucky listener.

& did we mention Ms. Banks is of Nigerian & Ugandan descent? A disapora baby !

All my haters catching feelings/wanna get rid of me/Give you a E *pause* for effort
/you ain’t stopping me G” Bars.
Ms. Banks said for her mixtape; The Coldest Winter Ever she had to really dig deep, getting raw with her fans about growing through heartbreak & still overcoming.

From what we’ve heard, Ms. Banks is here to stay.

However, if you’re still not convinced listen to her bust this quick freestyle on BBC Radio’s 1Xtra down below;

Now, just remember; WhoToldYou.
Ms. Banks is currently on tour with the long reigning queen of rap.

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Now how’s that for a co-sign?

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Support the Artist: Kelechi 

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Meet Kelechi 

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Pronounced (Kay – lay – chi), watch out for 28 year-old Marietta, Georgia-native & in case it wasn’t obvious; he’s Nigerian.

Born in the US to Nigerian immigrant parents, Kelechi Emeonye raps about the challenges he had finding his niche & place; an experience lots of immigrant families can relate with.

Through song, he shares his experiences living in a constantly dualistic mindset. His household was very much Igbo but outside the walls of his house was America.

You can’t serve two masters but you have two homes”

Hear thoughts mimicking these sentiments on Immigrant Son – Kelechi Ft. Ikey, Phay & Ezi.

With lyrics like; “Strange, growing up I was ashamed House smelling like fufu, kid with the funny name”

Kelechi gives life to new stories that seldom get told, utilizing Rap as a medium. Telling the story of a 1st generation immigrant child trying to assimilate &  find his identity. 

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Kelechi 1st popped on the map in 2015. He was the winner of the Green Label Sound contest sponsored by Mountain Dew.

Along with this win came a $50,000 grant from Mountain Dew with the Green Label to produce an album. Before the Quarter.

However, sonically sound immigrant stories aren’t all Kelechi is capable of.

He also hints on the trials of growing up in a dysfunctional African household in his rhymes.

Due to this win, He had the opportunity to find himself  on the legendary Sway in the morning show.  

Trust us, skip to {14:37}

Someone said he sounds like the legendary Tupac.

What are your thoughts? 

Reachin’ – Kelechi Ft. Trinidad James is another banger to give a listen. 

Kelechi is unlike any rapper on the radio & rightfully so… cause he fits right, just here with us as WhoToldYou focuses on raw talent. 

Kelechi continued to focus on his drive & passion, dropping His debut album in 2016.

He found himself on Chicago-native Chance The Rapper‘s radar, opening up a show for him.

Kelechi released his 2nd album in 2017 titled; Quarter Life Crisis.

He purposefully sticks to the “Quarter” theme in his album titles, signifying getting to the paper. Quarters in a coin purse, quarter before the million. The quarter in football –which he played in highschool–  is the warm-up &  his first album was just that; a warm up, get acquainted with fans & connect with them.  

Flowers – Kelechi is the intro song on the album. Kelechi soliloquies about his life experiences as a young black up & coming artist.

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He cleverly plays with a classic children’s bed prayer incorporating it into his introspective lyrics.

Now I lay, Now I lay down to sleep
I’m prayin’ to heaven my soul to keep

His music is relevant to the times.

On; I ain’t shit –  Kelechi . He raps about the struggles of being the proverbial fuck boy.  Spitting a Tinder dating profile that fits the requirements too. 

 

Our all time favorite listen from his catalogue has to be; Play With My Hair – Kelechi. A modern-day rap love song, covering all the topics from love & acceptance from your partner to self-love. Kelechi beautifully expresses intimacy with this song as he asks his melanin queen to play with his locks. 

He said choosing music was difficult for him at first. He was afraid to disappoint his Nigerian mum. Switching majors 3 times in college; from Radiology to English, before summoning the courage to follow his path & happiness; music. 

Kelechi‘s  creative process is “going with the flow”. Asides from writing his own lyrics, Kelechi mixes & produces his music as well. This way, he his able to avoid the pressures a booked & rigged time-sensitive studio session can cause. 

Kelechi has released 2 mixtapes too, titled; Woke Up to Winter & Mama.  

He is a supporter of Black women & the culture. & he proves that by constantly removing himself from problematic situations which could read the wrong way in the message he is trying to convey to his fans. 

We stan a king in touch with his base. 

Don’t sleep on Kelechi. Just remember; WhoToldYou

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Meet Kaiit

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Pronounced “Ka-eet” the 20 year-old Melbourne based soul & jazz singer-songwriter who has caught our attention.

We came across Kaiit down an extremely random WhoToldYou YouTube rabbit hole. 30 seconds in the video & we were sold!

We can show you better than we can tell you. OG Luv Kush p.2 – Kaiit

 

Kaiit has the relatable lyrics; positive conscious music from a girl’s girl. She says she got her big break from singing at a local spot in Melbourne, Australia. Thanks to Dj MzRisk, who shared his Tuesday set with her as a platform for Kaiit to practise her music.  

Natural Woman – Kaiit paints a beautiful lyrical picture of wholesome black love. 

The rest seems like history, people began to request for her musical debut because they wanted to hear songs she had written. Finding out music made her feel good & she was good at it Kaiit decided to run with her talent. Last year she released her debut album “Live, From Her Room” she says each song is like a window into her reality or world.

Listening to Kaiit makes you feel. In her song 2000 n SOMETHIN – Kaiit ; she sings/creates melodies to her young self,  giving herself advice to be patient with herself. In the music video she also pays homage to her Papua New Guinean heritage.  Kaiit grew up in New Guinea for significant part of her younger life.

She says when people listen to her music, she wants them to hear they’re not alone. She travels with a live band & along with most WhoToldYou faves only delivers live fire vocals on stage.

 

img_5512Kaiit says her dream collaboration would be with her many faves like;  SZA or Noname. Fun fact: she has a twin brother & he appears in her music video…guess which one. Support the artist. 

 

Meet Samm Henshaw 

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Iniabasi Samuel Henshaw would be described by some people as Johnlengend-GavinDegraw-SamSmith mishmash. However a preview of  Sam’s art would help you know why he’s very much his own person & hard to box Samm Henshaw in. Just how we like it !
Broke – Samm Henshaw was our first introduction to this versatile creative. We immediately understood why he was on to something.
 
24 year-old Samm Henshaw has been on the musical grind for a while now. Samm Henshaw released his debut Ep; The Sound Experiment in 2015, during his last year of college. Only Wanna Be With You – Samm Henshaw;from this Ep, was a beautifully written melodic love letter. Samm Henshaww also produces & writes his own music. Not long after, he released his second Ep titled; The Sound Experiment II summer of 2016. This time he was signed under Columbia Records.  
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Samm Henshaw is already on most of your faves radars & may have even already worked with them. From Pharrell Williams to ChanceTheRapper
This brought about How Does It Feel – Samm Henshaw a collaborative effort with Pharrell. https://youtu.be/uRillMJ07ag

 

He says working with the legendary producer brought him out of his shell & made him open to more experiments with his music. 
Samm say’s he still gets nervous every time he’s about to perform live on stage, although as a fan you probably could never hear this. Just the smooth bass in his cool baritone voice.
 
 
Samm Henshaw is British-Nigerian. Born in South London to Nigerian parents & yes, yes he loves Jollof rice. He says he grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Usher, Stevie Wonder & the Spice girls. If you’re a Samm Henshaw fan you get this &  already heard the wonderful array of influences on his music. Doubt – Samm Henshaw ft. Wretch 32
 
 
 
 

Hot Bonuses

 

Buff Baby – Tobi Lou 

Baller alert – Tokyo Jetz ft Kash Doll 

Midnight – Dj Maphorisa ft Bussiswaah & Dj Tira 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Who’s That Girl – Eve 

 

 

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Meet Brianna Perry

Who is so sick with a Meek Mill-esque flow & relatable lyrics.

But you should have already heard about her. Ms. Perry  has been on the music scene for a minute. Previously being signed to Missy Elliot‘s label, under Atlantic Records, after her hit single Marilyn Monroe.

In a recent Breakfast Club interview Perry explains the reason for her break from the industry; to bag a business degree from the University of Miami!

Brianna expressed her unease with the direction the music industry was going at the time. This made her hiatus much easier. However she was recently inspired to get back in the studio by actual artists dropping bars like…Meek Mill.

& she’s back.

& we are glad.

Last December, 2018; Brianna Perry, 28, dropped first body of work since her break. Titled; Fortune Cookie.

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From the album cover it seems this word play mami is still inspired by the woman she initially rapped about & paid homage to in her breakthrough hit song.

One of our favorites tunes off the album is On God- Brianna Perry.

The Florida native runs circles arround her music consumers with metaphors & word plays like; “Fuck a nigga on my Kylie Jennner” on verse 1 & “Never let a broke nigga fuck up your position, I had to learn that from Khole & Tristan” on her 2nd verse.

Brianna Perry administers straight bars that you haven’t heard on the radio.

Couldn’t Love Me – Brianna Perry you hear the direct influence of Meek Mill. The way Perry structures her verses on the beat & the delivery of her flow is reminiscent of the cool Philly rappers lean flow. Her hook on the song is also very Mid 2008 Hip-hop/Rap; so only the crème de la crème.

The most cohesive collaboration –in our opinion– with the best chemistry on the album was Collins- Brianna Perry featuring new kid on da block; Hood Brat.

Perry sound like a better Takeoffwe know…but that’s how good she is– she seems to have mastered the art of multiple flows, keeping listeners entertained throughout the duration of her music.

Some other notable features on her album was Monkey Bussiness – Brianna Perry ft Offset & You absolutely want to give Slow Dance- Brianna Perry ft BlocBoy JB a listen because BlocBoy delivers on the track.

Brianna has grown since her first debut in the industry. You can hear it. & she delivers on the track.

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We stan a queen that knows  “being broke ain’t no excuse“.

Meet NoName   

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Fatima Nyema Warner the artist better know as Noname formerly called Noname gypsy. Who would probably hate that we put her actual name out there because she values privacy. & rarely gives interviews. But. We are lowkey messy –lol– & it’s on public record.

Anyways, if you haven’t heard of the nameless artist by now, you live under a rock. Simple.

Noname has been on the scene for a while now.  Although just now finally getting her well deserved shine, real music heads wonder why Noname isn’t a superstar already. She definitely has the talent to back it.

To wet your eardrums & get you acquainted to this talent –if you aren’t already– give  Mary Jane Love – Noname Gypsy a listen. She dropped that tune 3 years ago.

Noname raps in what she calls “scramble think”, she has a soft-spoken-voice but she spits hard poetic rhymes. Not surprising, as she did start out as a spoken word poet. On Diddy Bop – Noname ft. Raury & Cam O’bi from of her album Telefone–  Noname poetically raps in black opulence.

With lyrics like “You about to get your ass beat for stealing that 20 dollars baby you should have just asked me“, she explains what life was like growing up in the Chi, hitting the diddy bop with her friends. Messing around in the neighbourhood.

The Chicago native has also been featured in fellow Chicagoan; Chance The Rapper‘s album titled Acid Rap.

Watch Noname‘s Tiny Desk Concert down below.

Bye bye blue- Noname.

Noname tours with a live band. She produces vocals in real-time & her voice sounds like sweet soothing spoken word.

She described her 2016 album as “incredible morning music” & good travel music.

We have to say we agree; plop Telefone on for those early red-eye flights & feel your travel-induced-anxiety significantly reduce.

Last year, September 2018, Noname dropped her most recent project titled Room 25. She recorded this project in 1 month! Only talent allowed here please.

She classifies Room 25 as Jazz Rap/Neo Soul.

To start off the year Noname performed Ace – Noname ft. Smino & Saba of the album on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

You hear what seems like heavy Kanye West influences on Nonname‘s music. She incorporates a choir & a lot of harmonization in her music. Not far-fetched since she does make multiple references about the fellow Chicago rapper in her older catalogue.

Noname says her music is her therapy. She’s inclined to share it with the world because she feels it’s important to be able to connect with someone else through shared experiences in music, as other artists have impacted & also done for her. It makes you feel less alone in the world.

On her song  Blaxploitation – Noname; she insert voice overs from 70s movies that exploited black culture for public consumption & profit so much that they were dubbed “Blaxploitation Movies”. While Noname raps in the familiar soft-spoken hard bars we have come to love. Noname pays attention to detail when it comes her craft. Down to her visuals.

In 2016 she considered herself “average”…sure.

Don’t be quick to conclude by all the conscious lyrics though because Noname is well aware of her sexuality.

If you pay attention on Windows- Noname then you’ll actually hear what we mean.

One of our personal favorites, it starts off with the healing sounds of bongo drums then the xylophone is incorporated.  Noname; the poet, then delivers on the track rapping laps around your faves while sounding cute.

She’s currently on tour. See if she’s coming to a city near you.

Hot Bonuses

Sensima – SkiiBii ft. Reekado Banks

Chanel – Dreezy ft. Kash Doll

Banana – Jada Kingdom

We Be Burnin’ – Sean Paul

 

14 Album’s in 2018 Heavy On The Replay

1. Memories Don’t Die

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When you hear this album you will begin to understand & believe in all the Tory Lanez hype…This album is nothing short of sonically perfect. Released right at the beginning of 2018 –March 2– it’s important this gem doesn’t get lost in the “junk”.

Cocky Lanez plays with different sounds & melodies that honestly only him can pull off or get away with.

4 Me Tory Lanez  would literally give you an eargasm.  On Pieces (ft. 50 Cent) Tory Lanez secured the best 50 Cent feature of the year while delivering cinematography imagery through the administration of straight classic fire bars.

Our personal favorite Skrt SkrtTory Lanez will have you daydreaming about your baller vacation on the beach or any crazy fun place that is your happy place.

We would say the most interesting take away from this album is how Tory’s sounds travels all throughout the black diaspora.

2. Dirty Computer

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This whole visual album is arguably one of the best bodies of work put out this year… so much so that it has been nominated by the Grammy’s for Album of the Year – whatever weight that holds to you.

This 48:37 long project is nothing short of a masterpiece & even each song cut individually by itself still tells a full story too.

Janelle Monáe out did herself & she deserves a Pulitzer Prize for this. However, this won’t be the first time a black woman was slept on.

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On Make Me Feel – Janelle Monáe  allegedly got some input from music legend Prince himself;  who was actually her mentor.

The imagery for Pynk (ft. Grimes) – Janelle Monáe actually raised the bar for music videos this year. Every single image portrayed is sending a specific message.

But our personal favorite would have to be; I Like That – Janelle Monáe

3. Queen

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The much-anticipated Queen album from a Queen: Nicki Minaj. A lot of music critics actually say this may be her best body of work just yet… this dispute is also in-house because I’m the Best Nicki Minaj is still the rap motivation song.

Argue with your faves.

Chun Swae (ft Swae Lee) Nicki Minaj at the end of the day will always deliver on the track & the bar is set higher for her because she has been the pinnacle for women in the rap industry.

Barbie Dreams – Nicki Minaj; you gotta love the relevant word play as Nicki lyrically pokes fun at her fellow colleagues in the industry. An alleged remake from a throwback old raw Nicki song. Regardless it smacks!

& it is still relevant.

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Run & Hide Nicki Minaj may be the next best replacement to her rap motivation song “I’m the best”.

4. Acrylic

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Okay, Leikeli47‘s album you can hear it better than we would ever be able to tell you. Like most artist highlighted; she’s literally in a league of her own by herself on her lane that she built & it actually works!

Some songs on the album are introspective with Jay-z & Lauryn Hill echelon bars like Hoyt And Schermerhorn Leikeli47; the masked master has truly mastered her own lane.  Tic Boom – Leikeli47 makes you want to bust your fiercest Teyana Taylor catwalk down the runway or even. Vogue…shout out! the LGBTQ community!

Queer is also fair.

Girl blunt Leikeli47 

This song with the black ass bomb visuals may be the general pops favorite as it did make a feature on the hit HBO blackity black show Insecure.

5. Lady Lady

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Masego’s debut album;  Lady Lady. What does it sound like? well, people are wondering who really is new the king of R&B.

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Masego  fuses Jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul & Funk!  It’s what the kids are calling Future Soul…stay tuned for Afro-futurism playlist coming soon. Lady Lady is actually what we all thought Bryson Tiller meant when he released his “trap soul”.

It begins with Masego on the keyboard. Jack of most trades Masego man plays the keyboard, saxophone, & the drums.

DISCLAIMER!!!

ONLY TALENT

He has also developed quite the versatile vocal skills. You can hear him through the short freestyle intro to I Had a Vision- Masego 

There’s an in house dispute on this one too?

Who do you think was inspired or is there any? with Glow (ft. Kanye West) – Drake.

But what song had us singing non-stop all year? Lavish Lullaby – Masego

Wanna use my fame and lay with a model Say my name my name my name, till tomorrow
We can bang and rang and rang till tomorrow Just a grain of me remains in the morning

Our next runner up? Prone –Masego flexes his cadence control, from singing to rapping & right back to singing again.

Trust us. once your ears get a taste of this art work? It would leave you craving for more. With seamless transitions, this really is a body of work created by an artist who seems to have developed a deep relationship with himself within himself.

We look forward to more of his future works.

6. Tina Snow

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Young Tina Snow! With enough wordplay for all you hoes! Freak Nasty – Megan Thee Stallion

No but seriously, put this album on rotation before you pay for that expensive ticket to that self-help/self esteem seminar with repetitive information your mum could tell you for free.

Hot girl – Megan Thee Stallion is literally a boss bitch anthem urging you not the sweat the small stuff & chase a bag ! We stan a new age womanist.

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Cocky Af – Megan Thee Stallion we just can’t get enough of this Houston Hottie with a twang & pimp bars that would have you engrossed.

7. rare.odunsi rare

The alté King himself released his first full body of work this year. Odunsi( The Engine) the pack leader of the new wave of alternative out of the box Nigerian youth.  Divine (ft Davido) – Odunsi (The Engine) is liberating the Nigerian youth through music, one out of the box tune at a time. The sound of the diaspora.

wanted you – Odunsi(The Engine) is sampled –slowed down– from Uncle Snoop’s Sexual Seduction.

Watch the video above, one could even draw references from the inspiration that probably gave Odunsi the aesthetic for his album cover too.

Music in the black diaspora includes a plethora of sounds, however,  when you hear it you can truly feel it.

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take a break (Ft Hamzaa) – Odunsi (The Engine)

8. Outside

Burna-Boy's album

Funfact: the first song Burna Boy has on this project; More Life – Burna Boy is sly continuation to the end of; Get It Together (ft. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith) – Drake off of his collaborative project titled…More Life!

Aye ! They work together…We love it when the blacks link up!

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Ph City Vibration Burna Boy is a different sound & you simply haven’t caught this type of vibe. An ode to his ethnic heritage & where Burna Boy spent his childhood. You can hear influences from the throwback galala wave of 2006 that hit the Nigerian music scene. Which was really just the musically mashup of the diaspora in the Caribbean & African music at the time.

Why we love Burna Boy so much is how seamlessly he stays authentic. Retaining his culture while still making music that you will enjoy cause this nigga ain’t no sellout!

Koni Baje Burna Boy can make you break your hips into a traditional Yoruba cultural dance or pop some bottles  & bust a whine at the club.

& of course we cannot talk about this perfection of a project without highlighting the fan favorite. Ye Burna Boy ….thanks Ye! JK JK

But really Fela Anikulapo Kuti for some of the flow inspo.

9. Silk Canvas

silk-canvasIvana & Jessica Nwokike are the two who make the group VanJess.

This year the Nigerian-American duo released this healing album; healing music to de-stress & also bop your head too.

Another Lover – VanJess

It’s interesting to watch how music –& the internet…duh–  is probably one of the most powerful tools instrumental for the unification of the negro.

But we digress; Addicted – VanJess

is an ode to J-lo. Sampled off of ; If you had my love – Jennifer Lopez 

We think VanJess wore it better ! 😉

10. DUMMY BOY

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Would 2018 have really been 2018 without social media’s favorite troll to hate/love: Tekashi69. From Gummo to FeFe, the young artist has found time in between jail time –& court dates– to drop a great album.

With an album intro featuring the streets favorite Hot Boy- Bobby Shmurda. To  star-studded A list features like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Lil baby, Tory Lanez, A Boogie, & a few others. 6ix9ine put together an album of bangers guaranteed to have any party jumping. All while avoiding the “Treyway” affiliation we have come to know him for chanting.

KIKA is a great example of how the rappers crowd adapted New York crunk flow.

Our favorite track on the project is the star-studded MAMA featuring rap royalty Kanye West & Queen; Nicki Minaj. Certified Banger!

If you’re looking for new music for your sweat out gym playlist then this is the album for you.

11. Lost & Found

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When this delicate songstress first debuted on the music scene she caught a lot of heat or hate for allegedly running on the coattails of colorism.  However Jorja Smith has proven to herself why she’s here to stay & anyone listening to her actual body of work knows exactly why too.

So lose yourself from playing yourself to February 3rd- Jorja Smith

12. Whack World

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This whole album was a freaking tease! But it’s one we can get behind & can’t get enough off.

The Whack World visual project would only take 15:48 minutes of your time on earth.

Each song runs for about 1:00 or less.

It’s the end of the year & even if you had something better to do, we all know good music pairs well with everything. Hungry Hippo Tierra Whack was the ~50 second song that made us realize why Tierra is right there in the new crew for who’s next.

Pet Cemetery  Tierra Whack

is another song that is a snippet of Tierra showing off her versatility while shitting on most of your mainstream faves. Catch a vibe with this concise art project. Tierra Whack is having fun with her craft & minding her business.

13. YLLW

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Let Eri Ife & Remmy Baggins show you the way. Their 20 min Yllw EP is simply the way to a new world. Every single song is a winner singular song & it is unjust to highlight only a few;  Bastien’s Interlude included.

What does LasGidi (Lagos City) sound like?

Simply hit play! to the track;  My City.

These two artists came together & truly co-created a audible art piece that even now is so much more. But seriously don’t just simply take our word for it, press play.

14. Scorpion

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Obviously he’s the 6 god for reason so he would make our 2018 replay list because the end of the day we love this diaspora culture vulture. He has truly mastered the art of tasteful assimilation. & honestly he does it well, he also introduces his huge mainstream audience to what the new emerging wave is.

The whole album is what you expect it to be…fire, introspection, & growth.

Elevate- Drake is an introspective drake.

In My Feelings – Drake is a Drake providing the necessary tunes needed for jamation at the club. This song was so fire it caused a social media movement, most thanks to the Shiggy show.

God’s Plan – Drake is the rapping sing song. Drake with the bars that you & your boys can dream with.

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Meet Little Simz

& she is “picasso with the pen”.  Real name; Simbiatu Ajikawo, this british born Nigerian wordsmith is self confident in her craft. Makes sense though because she’s been delivering since she stepped on the scene. & no don’t box her in because she’s not a grime artist.img_5009Dubbed on of the “illest doing it” at age 21  by our very own K-dot! Little Simz now 24 has spent time perfecting her craft. This rap poet actually wrote her first song at age 9, by age 14 she knew she was onto something special.Little Simz released her first project titled “The Princess of Rap” at the age of 15, now she’s here for the throne.Other than her pen, yet another seemly unmatched skill this Rap god has mastered is a crazy work ethic.9 projects/Mixtapes & 2 albums later, Little Simz has truly arrived, so to tell a friend to tell a friend.Little Simz flows so smooth & sick to “unconventional” beats, snarling hard rhymes that would make even  Jay do the stank nasty face.In her song Offence – Little Simz she spits” I’m Jay-z on my best dayyyy, Shakespeare in my worsehttps://twitter.com/LittleSimz/status/1047488245339181056But Little Simz really hopped on our radar when we watched her deliver lyrics on the track to her song Backseathttps://youtu.be/ThCbl10-1pAYou see; Little Simz always tells a story in every song she writes as if she wishes to give her listeners a peak into her world & her mind.101 FM…Mad! Is the latest banger this rap god blessed us with, said to be off of her upcoming album 2019, Little Simz is so sick she leads you with the flow but you still don’t know where she’s going until she gets there. She raps about growing up in a British council flat. Her Bars tell us about all the trials & tribulations of government housing as a first generation British-Nigerian.img_5010She’s just a black girl rapping. No overtly sexual lyrics or any gang affiliation –that we know of…lol–   when you listen to Little Simz  you’ll leave entertained & maybe a little bit more introspective with the confidence knowing you‘re the best to ever do it !Her song Boss maybe the hardest gender neutral breakup song you ever did hear, no tears or heartbreak over here just straight fire bars.https://youtu.be/nobyMYOD5BgYou have officially been put on.You’re welcome.  If you’re still not convince by what we mean when we say this queen is sick with the flo;  E.D.G.E ft Josh Arcé X Chuck20  could show you better than we can tell you. Little Simz switches up the flow so quick you may think you just heard her equally as ill diabolical twin. Little Simz doesn’t believe in hoarding music, she thinks if it’s good people would feel it.LittleSImzShe was right.

Meet Jungle Pussy  

The witty, overtly sexual, yet still very tasteful metaphor queen. Real name Shayna McHayle, Jungle Pussy was born in Brooklyn, New york in the United States to Caribbean parents; a Jamaican dad & a Trinidadian mother. Growing up her mother always encouraged all her children to be artsy & embrace their own self-expression. img_5007She did just that. In 2013 this smooth lyricist was reborn & Jungle Pussy was curated, debuting her first song on YouTube called Cream Team- Jungle Pussy It caught on, people loved her lyrics in which she encouraged ladies to “hustle that pussy muscle”Shayna says her mother was also instrumental in her fully embracing the Jungle Pussywave & if you have a problem with her name refer to her song;Me – Jungle Pussy to address all of your concerns.. but know that she really truly doesn’t care. https://youtu.be/AwDt7oGjwcYOn her song; Stitches- Jungle Pussy the metaphor queen lyrically threatens every sneaky female trying to take her “okay man”…hey, her lyrics not ours! lol.img_5008Jungle pussy‘s lyrics are clever & sensual but also super empowering. Inspired by multi talented award winning artist; Brandy –in particularMoesha, how Jungle Pussy wears her hair seems to also be an integral part of her self expression.  
Spicy103 FM- Jungle Pussymay be one of the best songs choosing this rapstresses versatility. Jungle Pussy raps fromdifferent perspectives with three different voice inflections on the track while still telling a story about a male & female couple who called in on a radio show to talk smack about each other.
It’s a millennial’s trapped in the closet;but R-Kelly is a rapist psycho –allegedly– so it’s not. With visuals to back it up; Jungle Pussy is every character. 

In 2015; Jungle Pussy released her first album titled Pregnant with success. She recently another one this year titled JP3. Run yourself a self care “niggas ain’t shit” bath & blast the whole album through your speakers while you revel in your glorious feminine energy. State of the Union – Jungle Pussy the first song on the album, she starts with a heavy clear & audible delivery on the track with bars & double entendres. No mumble rapping here. Trader Joes- Jungle Pussy; another song of off; the is basically witty a love letter to the organic fresh produce & convenience grocery store. Like most WhoToldYou faves don’t box Jungle Pussy in though because Fun Fact: she attended Yale University. Below is a video of her giving a lecture in her alma mater about how she began to embody this fun confident all round badass that is “Jungle Pussy

Hot Bonuses

Rubbin Off The Paint – YBN Nahmir

Pull Up- D-O ft Santi

Me – Oshun

Shook Ones, Pt.II – Mobb Deep