Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Afrikan Boy: Hit Em Up
First making his name as a protege of M.I.A., Afrikan Boy and his songs about Lidl had many predicting him as 'the next big thing' to emerge from the grime scene, albeit with his own unique African twist.
It didn't quite happen last time round, though he got to appear on her records (most notably the Paper Planes remix) and travel the world with Mia and was, maybe still, signed to her label, N.E.E.T.
Re-emerging after a short break, we wonder if this song could be the one to break him down. Over a boisterous, horn-driven beat which samples the mighty Fela Kuti, the Woolwich based Olushola Ajose drops some great lines, which have earned him the attention of everyone from Lauren Laverne to DJ Semtex.
Buy Hit Em Up now on iTunes.