Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tougher Than Nigerian Hair: The Very Best - "Yoshua Alikuti" (Village Beat Re-make)

Love him or hate him, we must all admit that Lil Wayne is indeed an ever-lasting Pop Culture icon figure. Quite the prolific musician, I personally his collective output to that of Bob Dylan: You either "get it" or don't, no one's really in the middle. Aside from it's preceding lead-up mixtapes, Tha Carter III is generally regarded as one of Lil Wayne's strongest albums. The Very Best simply list their Facebook Influences as "Lil Wayne and Phil Collins." Interesting!?

Malawi-born singer, Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Hugo (Radioclit DJ) are gearing up up release their sophomore album this Summer, MTMTMK; The Very Best's long-awaited follow-up to Warm Heart of Africa has been in-the-works for the past 2 years... slowly recorded across Sweden, New York, and Malawi has now finally come to fruition! "Yoshua Alikuti" was filmed by Village Beat throughout Kenya's capital city, Nairobi. It basically showcases Esau & Johan doing their best Lil Wayne/bodyguard impressions a la "A Milli" (2008). Familiar, albeit slightly tweaked, scenes include: barber shop shape-up, red jeans with hi-tops, adoring fans, backstage footage, an ever-growing posse, censored beverage, TO BE CONTINUED, etc. All and all, pretty cool to see another culture's take on such a massive American hit! The Very Best's MTMTMK is slated for a July 14th release, by way of Moshi Moshi (Cooperative Music).

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