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Afghanistan's First Female Rapper Makes Her Debut

With her first rap song, just like anyone's debut, the results can be career defining. It is even harder when you're a true pioneer within your own neighborhood. But for 23-year-old singer/rapper Sosan Firooz, the pressure is amped up to the max, as she is the first female MC to debut in her native land of Afghanistan. Her homeland frowns upon any woman who chooses to take the stage, yet Firooz has overcome the obstacles (and being shunned by some of her relatives) to express herself and urge for a peaceful Afghanistan. "I remember while we were in Iran, we were called 'dirty Afghans' and told to go to the back of the line at the baker," Firooz recalls.

Her songs are littered with messages directly to her native countrymen, urging them to stay in their homeland. Those who leave, she raps, will only get "jobs washing dishes or working at a car wash." Armed with a staccato, stop-and-start style, she is all Hip-Hop as she drops lines like, "They will want to kiss the dust of their homeland / What is the result of Afghans being refugees in Iran and Pakistan?" Firooz, who raps in Dari, one of Afghanistan's two main languages, has only released her work on YouTube, yet in doing so she has put herself and those she loves in danger. She is still searching for an audience amongst her native Afghans, but by breaking traditional rules for women within the country, she is sure to stand out and directly come under the ire of detractors.

But such is true of a culture that was birthed from railing against the systematic status quo. Firooz has the support of her mother and father, who equally "want an end to all cruelty against women and children."

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Mariah Carey Releases 'A No No' Remix Featuring Stefflon Don

Mariah Carey's popular track "A No No" off of her 2018 album Caution got the remix treatment. Rising MC Stefflon Don provides her infectious rhymes and flow to the cheeky diss track's updated version, which was released on Friday (Mar. 15).

“The name's Don, And they don't call me that for nothing," Stef spits on the track. "Fear ain't in my blood, I ain't scared of nothing, I take the trash out."

Fans have reportedly been clamoring for a remix to the song with Cardi B and Lil Kim, after Mimi's appearance on Watch What Happens Live last year hinted that she'd love collaborate with the two. However, the British-Jamaican rapper was the perfect addition to the track.

"Sorry no Kim, missy or Cardi im sure they all would have sounded Amazinggg on it! But this time its me aka DON!!!" tweeted Stef in response to fans.

Caution was released to rave reviews in late-2018, and Carey announced a tour to accompany it before the LP's highly-anticipated drop. The video for the song was released last week, and provided the Lambily with looks from their Queen.

Listen to the remix below.

Sorry no Kim, missy or Cardi im sure they all would have sounded Amazinggg on it! But this time its me aka DON!!! ( oh and say that last line in my voice, it sounds better 😘) https://t.co/Va6N49ngCr

— DON x (@stefflondon) March 15, 2019

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Anderson .Paak Prepares 'Ventura' Album Release With New Single "King James"

Only four months after his recently released Oxnard album, Anderson .Paak dropped a new single to commemorate his forthcoming project, Ventura. To up the ante, his new song titled "King James" arrived early Friday morning (March 15), bringing a hard-hitting track coated in funky instrumentals and good intentions.

"King James" takes jazz-funk inspirations to a new level with the sounds of a smooth saxophone, which opens the smile-provoking 808 beat that rides under the Grammy-winning musician's voice. Covering a myriad of important topics like the looming border wall construction and black empowerment, the 33-year-old gives a shout out to LeBron James' contributions to the African American community and the NFL-kneeling movement started by Colin Kaepernick.

Though the single seems very serious, .Paak's "King James" inspires a groove with its upbeat production.

The "Tints" emcee also announced the forthcoming tracklist will include star-studded features from Brandy, André 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Nate Dogg, and Smokey Robinson. Ventura will reach virtual streaming shelves April 12.

3 years between Malibu and Oxnard... you know I couldn’t do that to y’all again 😎 PREORDER AND SINGLE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. #VENTURA + “King James” 4.12 💥 pic.twitter.com/2VRcNdQKE9

— CHEEKY ANDY (@AndersonPaak) March 14, 2019

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Ozuna And Darell Travel Through An Industrial Conquest Denouncing A Bad Love In "Vacia Sin Mi"

Gloomy cloudy skies are looming over an industrial like setting dotted with huge heavy duty trucks, as beautiful young ladies clad in yellow jumpsuits surround Ozuna in the visuals for his new single, “Vacia Sin Mi” featuring Latin trap artist Darell.

The new track is centered around the plight behind a romance gone wrong, and Ozuna is denouncing the love interest that did him wrong.  Through a hypnotic slow beat, he sings on beat about wanting nothing to do with her. He’s moved on and so should she. Darell assists the singer with brash vocals, which sound like the Spanish version of rapper Future’s signature raspy syrupy drawl.

“We want to show people a completely new concept, always looking to surprise the fans that have always supported my artistic career,” Ozuna stated in a press release.  

“Vacia Sin Mi” is the 27 year-old’s latest single off his forthcoming project NIBURU, which will be released under the record label Dimelo Vi. Just recently, the reggaeton artist made history by garnering 23 nominations for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

We’re curious to see what new music and sound his forthcoming project will bring. Last year, he told VIBE VIVA about his previous album, Aura and what it represents for him. "Aura" is what one reflects in the heart, what you bring into the world, and what people want to learn from you,” he said. “In this situation particularly, it reflects what I have learned from fame, from all this going around my life. I interpreted all that in this album. I made international collaborations, which is something that didn’t exist in the past.”

Watch the video for “Vacia Sin Mi” above.

 

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