Out this week after enjoying numerous spins on Radar and Reprezent, 'King Kong' is a vibrant collaboration between UK duo/tribal bass dons Boa Kusasa (who are involved in Glastonbury's Babylon Uprising soundsystem) and fast rising Nigerian MC Magugu. It's the second release on the BITW imprint, following Kwam & label head Lorenzo BITW's joint track 'Goo'.
Magugu - who grew up in Lagos before moving to the UK - has a commanding flow and spits in Pidgin English. His mixtape Pidgin W(rap) came out back in 2016, and he's since collaborated with the likes of Shiftee and Stagga. He describes his music as "a fusion of Africa and the West" and that's exactly what he's given us for his Influences selections. Dig in below:
Fela Kuti - Teacher
Fela is my biggest inspiration in music and in life. The first piece of music I can remember hearing when I was a kid. I learnt so much about life and how the world works through him. He is one of the main reasons I rap in Pidgin, and why I have the love I do for Africa. The inventor of Afrobeat music - simply a musical genius that used his music to educate the masses. He was a revolutionary, a freedom fighter. To me there's no one greater. I had the privilege of seeing him live in Nigeria when I was a kid but it's just vague memories. F = for E=Ever L= Lives A=Africa. 'Teacher' is one of my favourite songs by Fela... talking about how the colonial masters purposely built a rigged system to destroy Africa.