September 24, 2022

Rap Music of the Week runs down all of the hip-hop tracks it’s good to hear each Friday. Try the complete playlist right here. This week, Sampa the Nice shines on “Let Me Be Nice,” a standout observe from her sophomore album, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW.


Like many individuals, Zambian-born poet and rapper Sampa the Nice sought refuge at house throughout the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning to her homeland unexpectedly helped free Sampa of a few of the heavy expectations she was carrying after the success of her debut album, The Return.

“An attractive factor occurred the place I bought to relocate again house,” she informed GRAMMY.com. “As unsure and scary because it was, I started working with artists I noticed rising up. Then, I bought to journey again to the younger Sampa, who dreamed of being an artist, and revert to the the explanation why I needed to be an artist within the first place.”

A kind of artists was Beninese trailblazer Angélique Kidjo, who contributes transcendent vocals to “Let Me Be Nice,” the closing observe on Sampa’s new album, AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. Reflecting Sampa’s dedication to telling the story of her rejuvenation by the lens of African historical past, the standout minimize options exhilarating manufacturing giving approach to her confident supply.

“A queen named Lauryn stated you possibly can conquer any Hill,” Sampa raps. “That’s how I really feel/ My imaginative and prescient, I’m impeccable/ Each energy gained, each stage detectable.” These actually sound just like the phrases of an artist whose expectations as a worldwide ambassador have been lifted after connecting along with her youthful self.

Billed as the primary mission “created in Zambia with a Zambian Government Producer, African visible staff, and majority African producers and artists,” AS ABOVE, SO BELOW is bold sufficient to permit Sampa to stay as much as the second half of her moniker.


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