Jay-Z vs. Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti vs. Jay-Z

I’m pumped about this, even though I’m late to the party. Mike Love came out with “Nigerian Gangster”, a mash-up album of Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” album with various samples from Fela Kuti songs back in 2008. Fela is known as the key pioneer of afrobeat music, and is a ridiculous human being in general. He’s was born in Nigeria, studied music at the Trinity School in London, became a die-hard Black Panther supporter, moved back to Nigeria with his band, declared his property to be an independent African nation, and turned it into a recording commune. ANYWAY. The album as a whole isn’t spectacular, but its most popular song, “Roc Boys”, a mash-up of “Water No Get Enemy” by Fela (from his 1975 album “Expensive Shit”) and “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)” by Jay-Z, works mad well and is definitely worth a listen.

“Roc Boys” (Fela Kuti vs. Jay-Z) by Mike Love

“Water No Get Enemy” by Fela Kuti

“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is…)” by Jay-Z


“Roc Boys” (Fela Kuti vs. Jay-Z)

“Water No Get Enemy”

“Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)”

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2 Responses to Jay-Z vs. Fela Kuti

  1. Ssunmonu says:

    I was actually diggin’ the first song. I’m a Nigerian and I’ve never heard of this guys music. A similar album I liked was Distant Relatives with Nas and Damien Marley. The instruments and beats on it were really good, plus Nas is one of the greatest lyricists of all time. What’d you think?

    • biffwooten says:

      I haven’t heard Distant Relatives…it sounds awesome though–thanks for the suggestion. Yeah man, Fela Kuti is incredible…wouldn’t have thought that a DJ could pull off mashing him up with Jay-Z. I’ll give Distant Relatives a listen and hit you up.

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