What I really find interesting about this track (and especially the video) from Congolese artist Fredy Massamba is how American it seems. It is like American (or maybe French, like blog favourite MC Solaar) hip hop culture transplanted to Africa, so completing a cycle.
I stumbled across this on YouTube earlier in the week and haven’t been able to shake it since. I love how smooth it is. Now Mos Def seems to be a full time actor activist it is easy to forget that he has got some significant music game.
I know this is cheesy but I heard it for the first time in ages (I think they were using it to promote a Jay-Z show in Dublin on the radio – a pretty funny choice of song!) a few days ago and the contrast between the sample and the rhymes still made me smile.
Nice, mellow track from the late, great Detroit legend J.Dilla. I have been listening to a lot of his music recently after hearing Common give him a shout out on this interesting ode to music by Washington, DC rapper Wale.