October 6, 2022

Rap Music of the Week runs down all of the hip-hop tracks you should hear each Friday. Try the total 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 residence through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Returning to her homeland unexpectedly helped free Sampa of a number of the heavy expectations she was carrying after the success of her debut album, The Return.

“A lovely factor occurred the place I received to relocate again residence,” she instructed GRAMMY.com. “As unsure and scary because it was, I started working with artists I noticed rising up. Then, I received to journey again to the younger Sampa, who dreamed of being an artist, and revert to the the reason why I wished 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 via the lens of African historical past, the standout minimize options exhilarating manufacturing giving technique to her confident supply.

“A queen named Lauryn mentioned you’ll be able to 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 definitely sound just like the phrases of an artist whose expectations as a worldwide ambassador had been lifted after connecting along with her youthful self.

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

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