Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, August 29th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.
Cover Star Interview
Nigerian rapper PsychoYP joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “+234 (Daily Paper).” He also discusses his new album, Euphoria, how he aims to set a new course for hip-hop in Nigeria, and how he draws inspiration from both South African and UK scenes.
The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Wizkid, Savage feat. Victony, Jinmi Abduls, Arrow Bwoy feat. Nadia Mukami, and Nobuhle & Sun-El Musician.
South African rapper, singer and producer Una Rams is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features two singles from his latest release, hold me when it’s cold: a mixtape—the Blxckie collab “btb,” and “rendezvous (feat. Nanette).” Listen HERE.
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on South African gospel acts Khaya Mthetwa and Oasis Worship, and their single “Mkhulumsebenzi,” from Apple Music’s Mzansi Gospel Essentials playlist, which celebrates the best inspirational, uplifting hits from South Africa. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE).
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, August 29th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow
PsychoYP on the process of making ‘Euphoria’
‘Euphoria,’ I think I started recording this before lockdown, so before COVID hit, I started recording some of these songs, and then the lockdown came and I was in England and I wasn’t going to uni, I was just with some of my friends in an apartment and all I was really doing was making music, literally. I was just putting everything into these tracks.
PsychoYP on his goals for Nigerian hip-hop
LootLove: So, what do you want people to take away from this EP once they listen to it? What mood do you want them to be in? What energy do you want them to have when they’re done listening to ‘Euphoria’?
PsychoYP: You know, I’m trying to have Nigerians be proud when they listen to this version because I don’t think there’s anybody putting out hip hop like this right now. So I want them to listen to it and be like, “Yeah, we have someone doing this from our country.” And yeah, that’s literally what I’m trying to represent with my music.