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Zimbabwean creative Bantu plays to win so it's no surprise he connected with frequent collaborator Dr. Chaii and the multitalented DaniLeigh for his new single, "Stretch."
In what he calls "a blend of afro and hip-hop," the track plays to everyone's strengths while giving fans another song to add to their turn-up playlist. "Stretch" is a follow up to a string of singles Bantu has released since 2019. His previous drops “DiCaprio” and “Gucci Cranberry” also feature Dr. Chaii.
There's a glowing joy in Bantu when he talks about the track and just how quickly it all came together. "This is a fun club song that we made and felt would be perfect for our friend, DaniLeigh to jump on. We sent it to her and she sent her verse back in less than 48 hours," he tells VIBE. "Soon as we heard it all together we knew we had one! It's a perfect blend of afro and hip-hop. We had to make a video that matched the song so we set out to make a futuristic visual that had dancers, crazy lighting and cars. Came out even better than we expected.”
Bantu stepped on the scene in 2016 with "Holiday" and a year later, released his first EP Africa for the Summer. With an electric feel mashed into his unique style, Bantu was able to work with the likes of Jason Derulo and French Montana.
He's also featured alongside Nicki Minaj and Latinx super star Anuel AA for the track “Familia." Featured in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the song has racked up over 74 million streams on Spotify.
Check out the video for "Stretch" below.
Grafh is one of the best New York City street rappers of his era, with his unorthodox flow and his ominous tales. So for his new song, he called on one of New York's new talents:Conway The Machine.
The video for "Pray" showcases Grafh and Conway in the ornate environment of a church, dropping the bars that make each of them so respected.
“With 'Pray,' I am back with what resonates with me as an artist: that gutter New York City rap. I wanted someone on this track that accentuates my ideology and Conway is that dude,” Grafh told VIBE. “ I respect Conway immensely and the Griselda movement. Him and I together on a track is church. Over here, bars still matter!”
"Pray" appears on Oracle III, the third installment of his fan favorite 2004 mixtape with DJ Green Lantern. The project includes appearances by Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Bun B, Hopsin, Rittz and KXNG Crooked, with production from Pete Rock, DJ Green Lantern, Harry Fraud & DJ Shay. It's scheduled for a March 6, 2020 release.
Every aspiring rap artist hopes for the moment where all of their hard work has paid off – and in the video for "Moment," Caleb Brown enjoys his first taste of success.
Over a jubilant DJ Khalil production, Caleb Brown raps about the trials he persevered through in his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., and the triumph of making it over. The GT Films visual shows the 21-year-old celebrating on the porch of his mansion, and hosting his family to a feast fitting of the work ethic necessary to provide for them. He also calls out shady politicians and reminisces on Nipsey Hussle and comrades lost along the way.
Watch the video for Caleb Brown's "Moment" above.