Nneka ft. Black Thought - God Knows Why

Posted 4 years ago
Featuring:
Producer:
Farhot (for Kabul Fire)
Album:
Soul Is Heavy

It’s been about a year since we’ve heard from Nneka, the singer/rapper whose Concrete Jungle album had me calling her a “harder Alicia Keys or a more hopeful Mos Def, if Mos could actually sing.” (Yep, I really meant that.) In the meantime the Nigerian/German singer has been more than busy touring, working on a new album and fortifying her fan base; a fan base that now includes some hip-hop heavyweights, like, say, Black Thought of the Roots. New lead single God Knows Why owes its expansive sound to producer Farhot, who flips quickly between rap percussion, hard rock edge and more sonic influences than I can name. On the mic Nneka dives head on into her emcee side, delivering her rhymes in her irreplaceably unique accent that aren’t afraid to tackle the big topics (colonialism, religion, politics, etc.), topics we all know Black Thought is no stranger to either: “Self-styled, God’s child in the promised land / staring at a child soldier on a sonogram.” God only knows when Nneka’s sophomore album Soul is Heavy will hit U.S. shores, but the rest of the world can cop it this coming Tuesday, September 27.

Nneka Black Thought Alternative

Written by
Posted 4 years ago
Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

More from Nneka

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

Desiigner’s “Panda” is Now 3x Platinum, But “Tiimmy Turner” is Stalling

Somewhat predictably, Desiigner is having trouble following up the success of his smash hit “Panda.” Read More
Posted 6 hours ago by Brent Bradley

Usher, Lloyd & The Difficulties of Growing Old In R&B

Usher, Lloyd, and countless R&B veterans are trying to grow older while their beloved genre gets younger. Read More
Posted 8 hours ago by Yoh

In 3 Days Frank Ocean’s “Blond” Became Second Highest-Rated Album of 2016

The ratings for "Blond" are huge, but can we fully digest Ocean’s latest work in less than a week? Read More
Posted 9 hours ago by Brent Bradley

Chance, “Ultralight Beam” & How Music Gave Me Faith Without Religion

Thanks to Chance The Rapper, "Coloring Book" and Kanye, music has become my church. Read More
Posted 10 hours ago by Brendan V

Moosh & Twist Prove Two is Better Than One with Exclusive Bless The Booth Freestyle

The Philly duo shuts down Audiomack Studios with an explosive new freestyle. Read More
Posted 11 hours ago by Brendan V

Light One, Tweet One: How Goodbye Tomorrow Balances Art and Twitter

The mysterious Chicago collective remain untouchable in person but furiously accessible on social media. Read More
Posted 11 hours ago by Matteo Urella
Sample Text - Sample Link
0:00
3:00
Shrink
Hide

TRENDING NOW



Flame

TOP 20 MUSIC CHARTS


Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.