@@@ FOKN Bois: Afrobeats LOL (Fokn Bois, 2019) Two African gents from Ghana doing a send up of Afrobeat. It’s more hip hop and the send up I think is in the lyrics where in this first tune they have announced ‘fuck Africa’ and other such irreverent sentiments. The music has both a distinctive African feel as well as a hip hop feel. I like the attitude of this record — usually African music is presented with a sort of preciousness but these guys are more interested in making interesting music and doing their thing. It’s a drum machine record with r&b/world music sounds and these two MCs setting various moods. If you’re an African music fan you might wanna check this out.
@@@ Lagrimas de Sangre: Salsa Bolonesa (Vertigo Records, 2019) A Spanish language hip hop single I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email. The most notable thing out of the gate on this single is the concept of taking salsa sounds and putting them over a drum machine accompanied by MCs. Taking familiar things and smashing them up, interesting. The MCs are pretty high energy, not full on spitting but definitely working together to put out a lot of energy. I have no idea what they’re rapping about but the feel it and it’s a party track with some muscle to it.
YTD recordings listened to: 106
Good music, not list worthy: 61
Not good music: 40
Honorable Mentions: 0
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