Ayo Jay’s “Your Number” is officially the song of the New York summer.
It’s everywhere this year and it does something every song of summer is supposed to do—it distills “right now” into a sweet afrobeats/dancehall essence that is both catchy and confusing all at the same time.
And for some slightly disorienting reason it’s also the song that New York hip-hop DJs are using this year to shout out all the Caribbean listeners getting ready for Monday’s West Indian parade in Brooklyn. “Where’s my Panamanians at? Triiiinidad and Tobago. GUYANA!” That sort of thing. Never Nigeria though.
Ayo Jay aka Ayoola Ogundeyi Jr.’s new video, released today, doubles down on the sweet disorientation of the original track, and takes a meta narrative approach to an otherwise simple plot.
Watch it below:
Mothipa is one of the most respected lyricists in South African hip-hop. He was part of the then-emerging scene in the mid-2000s, alongside the likes of Optical Illusion, Mawe2, Last Days Fam and many other boom bap acolytes. His single, “Ode to Mary Jane” – a love song to weed – is an unquestionable classic, and so is his solid 2009 album, Cure For The Pain. The clarity of Mothipa’s delivery guarantees you never miss those clever punchlines he’s known for.
Even though he has appeared on a few songs (Optical Illusion’s “Watch What You Say” for instance), the rapper hasn’t released any of his music in a very long time; he last released a track, “Shit Don’t Matter,” four years ago.
About three weeks ago, however, he released four tracks as one half of Konsider Kush – a duo consisting of him and producer/deejay Instro, who’s also Motif Records’ in-house producer and has crafted hits for Reason, Tumi and released a compilation in 2008 called NASA, shorthand for Now and Still After (don’t sleep on it).
The music was recorded live at the Joburg Theatre. Lyrically it’s still the Mothipa heads know of, just sonically jazzy and experimental.
Take a listen to his track “City of Coal” below:
Revisit his tune “Ode to Mary Jane” below:
Disney’s upcoming Queen of Katwe film, which follows the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, already boasts the star power of Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and newcomer Madina Nalwanga under the direction of Mira Nair.
The movie’s gotten another star on board (for the soundtrack) with Alicia Keys’ new song “Back to Life,” which the singer wrote for specially for Queen of Katwe:
For more music fixes, check out our previous playlist.