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Ghanaian-American star Amaarae unleashes brand new album ‘Fountain Baby’: Stream
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Today, Ghanaian-American star Amaarae released her highly-anticipated album ‘Fountain Baby’. There are jams for everyone: The zodiac freaks (‘Co-Star’), the baddest bitches (‘Princess Going Digital’), and love (‘Big Steppa’). As you listen to the album, you’ll hear an array of pleasant sounds that could be used for films, and a delectable Punk track (‘Sex, Violence, Suicide’). Don’t be surprised if you see more of her videos with apt subtitles and collaborations with artists that make music in Asian languages. Stream the beautifully-made album below out now through Interscope.

Then, have at the Lauren Dunn direction below. In the interim, let’s be on standby for Amaarae’s Tiny Desk performance later this month.

Watch Trinidad’s Boy Boy and Congolese Londoner BackRoad Gee’s ‘Bounce’
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Today, Trinidadian artist Boy Boy (‘Adrenaline’ and ‘Die Die’) and Congolese Londoner BackRoad Gee (‘Party Popper’ and ‘Under Attack’) released the official visual for their collaboration ‘Bounce’. Displaying a standing hairstyle reminiscent of Popcaan’s, the rising Dancehall artist delivers his lyrics with power and expressive body language. The Drill-Grime hybrid talent matches his collaborator’s energy with lines about what goes up must come down—placing fear in his opponent’s heart by saying, “gunshots everywhere, tell the man be prepared/tell that man be scared”.

Watch the video now directed by award-winning director Jay Parpworth for the Joffstar-produced record.

Tiwa Savage wonders why that special someone stopped answering: Watch ‘Pick Up’

It’s giving “female Asake”.

Tiwa Savage, named the Queen of Afrobeats, has released the official music video for her new track ‘Pick Up’. The Nigerian star sings in the chorus about an individual who has played with her heart and is no longer answering her calls.

“Me I no dey understand anymore/Everything no dey like e dey before/And I know you’re working from 9 to 4/I go dey till 10 and you never call/Could somebody be trying to take olomi from me?”

There’s no telling what made the person ghost her, but to hear that she’s been trimming [down] and not receiving any compliments is wild. Have you seen how incredible she looked in recent years?

We’ve also noticed that the record is out—courtesy of Everything Savage—her imprint. Sometimes, independence is the way to go. With that factor, the Lagos State shining star will soon tour North America (starting July 29 in Seattle, Washington).

Hear Kid Cudi’s new track ‘Porsche Topless’
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Recently, Kid Cudi shared a new record called ‘Porsche Topless’. In the uptempo jam, he celebrates and sounds grateful for life, flirts with “goat” status, and mentions an encounter had with a lady and her booty. It is the kind of song you’d play or hear around the swimming pool in the Summertime, mixed in with Travis Scott and Young Thug’s ‘Out West’ from his 2019 seven-song EP.

In 2022, the singer from Ohio released what was said to be his last album. It seems he has to fulfil one more album before he honours his deal with Republic Records/UMG. Whatever is next for Kid Cudi after music, we’re ready.

Check ‘Porsche Topless’ out now.

J Hus and Drake team up for Afro-Swing banger ‘Who Told You’: Listen

In May, J Hus broke his three-year hiatus with the release of ‘It’s Crazy’ which enjoyed massive airplay on the radio and all over. Now, the UK rapper has returned with this new record ‘Who Told You’ which features Drake and was produced by the famous P2J.

The fans have enjoyed the synergy between these two artists as Drake brought out J Hus at his London show in 2019 after being released from jail on a knife possession charge.

We may be getting an album from J Hus soon as the British rapper has teased his cover art/album title ‘Don’t Say Militancy’ on his social media handles over the last couple of weeks.

GRUNGECAKE’s Pick of the Week #2

SANTAN Dave and Central Cee teamed up to drop a joint EP ‘Split Decision’—one of the biggest rap collaborations in recent times.

Personally, one of my favorites off the joint project is ‘Sprinter’, a record which showcases the synergy between two of London’s finest artists.

Listen to ‘Sprinter’ on Spotify:

Metro Boomin, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert take up the third spot on our list this week with ‘Home’ off the newly released soundtrack to Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.

On it, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert touch upon ideas of homesickness and self-battles.

“Home” fits with the motif of the entire Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse movie, being Miles finding a sense of belonging, and a way home whilst fighting enemies in and out of himself.

Listen to ‘Home’ on Spotify:

YBNL Mafia boss Olamide and Asake take it all the way to South Africa with this new chart-topping tune.

‘Amapiano’ is an impressive tune well delivered and it is his second collaboration with Olamide, the first being ‘Omo Ope’ which was released in 2022.

Here’s ‘Amapiano’ on Spotify:

Topping our list this week is the multi-award-winning Nigerian superstar, singer, songwriter, Davido with his global hit ‘Unavailable’ featuring South African artist Musa Keys.

Since the release of his new album Timeless, ‘Unavailable’ has garnered over 20 million views on YouTube, over 24 million plays on Spotify and it seems like the fans can’t get enough of this record.

Listen to ‘Unavailable’ on Spotify:

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