Afro District: YCEE 'In A Benz'
With the rise of Grime making waves everywhere it was only time that Africa was also going to be hit by the 140 BPM. Afro artists have been fusing the grittiness of the grime sound with the Afro-beats, turning it into something of its own kind. Could this be this be the start of something new?
With the rise of Grime making waves everywhere it was only time that Africa was also going to be hit by the 140 BPM. Afro artists have been fusing the grittiness of the grime sound with the Afro-beats, turning it into something of its own kind. Could this be this be the start of something?
YCEE, a hip hop artist from Nigeria, Lagos, signed to TINNY ENTERTAINMENT began his music journey in December 2012. His break through finally came in 2015 with the release of his smash hit ‘Condo’ featuring dancehall superstar Patoranking.
This instantaneously, put the spotlight on the young lyricist and his ability to make music not just for the hardcore Hip-Hop fans, but for everyone. The song ended up topping most music charts in Nigeria before the video was released. With the success of the single, the Nigerian rapper racked up a number of accolades and award nominations before finally stepping out with his international hit single ‘Jagaban’ which became a street anthem with co-signs from rappers on the continent. A remix which featured YBNL boss and one of Africa’s hottest rappers Olamide followed further, solidifying YCEE's position in the industry, as one of the new-gen leaders.
Now dabbling into the world of Grime, YCEE has teamed up with DJ Consequence for his latest single ‘In A Benz’. This grime inspired song definitely sounds like a track that came straight out of the London walls but with an afro flavour to it- showing YCEE’s depth taste of music. Even down to the London accent, YCEE has been able to emulate the British sound very well, which as you know... is not easy to do.
In the video you see the rapper joining forces with DJ Consequence in an action-packed tour of Lagos. The first part of the video gave us that fast paced, fun, girls, gritty and understated look at the urban Lagos life before breaking down into a darker, heavy hitting chopped and screwed vibe.
With the Grime and Afro fusion door been broken by the likes of Skepta and Wizkid, it seems that this could be the start of a new synergy between the two genre’s. It would be sick to see a UK grime artist shut down on the remix of the ‘In the Benz’. We wonder who it will be?
Words: Mika Abraham
Online Edit: Ra'ed Khan