When two different artist communities come together, the end result is a refreshing discovery of new music for fans. This was the case last year when the artist at the Multiplatinum Sale 6lack and Nigerian afro-fusion star Omah lay teamed up for “Damn” with the latter, which currently has over 9 million streams on Spotify. Although the two artists collaborated on the runway in 2020, they had never met, until now. When chatting via Zoom for XXL, in which 6lack connects with Omah Lay on the success of the afro-music scene, collaboration and popularity of Spotify’s African Heat playlist, the support of both artists is evident.
“We have a song together that you let me participate in, thank you for that,” 6lack told Omah Lay at the start of the conversation.
“Well, man, good to talk to you, man,” Omah Lay expresses. “I mean, it’s amazing. I never had the time, I didn’t know what it would be like to talk to you for the first time, but it’s amazing, man. It’s natural.”
6lack, 28, has been one of hip-hop and R&B’s most famous artists for his ability to transition from vocals to rap seamlessly throughout his ten-year career. From his debut album in 2016, 6lack free, to his 6pc hot EP, released last year, Atlanta-raised artist LVRN / Interscope Records continues to climb with every release.
Born Stanley Omah Didia, Omah Lay has become one of the rising stars of the afrobeats scene with his two EPs, Get Layd and What have we done, both released in 2020. In addition to “Damn,” “Godly” and “Bad Influence,” the latter he self-produced, feature his witty, calming melodies and his gift for colorful storytelling.
Logging in for a remix at “Damn” helped introduce each of their respective fans to each other. “I think it’s always been very important for us to find ways to connect our communities and to connect our music and to find ways to amplify each other’s voices,” says 6lack. “I know people have been watching American music in the foreground for so long, but to me it’s like I’m invited into your world. And I can take my voice to a new place when you allow me to. ‘enter your space and vice versa. It’s like we share communities. “
As their discussion begins, Omah Lay says he feels “blessed to be a part of the movement” in the African musical space. The 24-year-old singer achieved new success as a new artist last year when he came out with an EP and more new singles during the pandemic. It also reveals how artists like 6lack, Drake, and Post Malone. “Honestly, I’m listening to you [6lack] for a long time, man, “he shares with 6lack.” I’ve been listening to you for a long time, my brother. For a long time. And I also listened to Drake, listened to Post Malone a lot. And I listen to WizKid, Burna Boy … In fact, you are a part of why I am here. If it wasn’t for when I’m listening to your songs, I don’t know if I would have ever been Omah Lay, then. “
“I appreciate that, man,” 6lack said. “It’s beautiful, man. And know that it’s always reciprocated, my brother. What you do with the melody, the words and the sounds is special to you.”
These sounds can be heard on Spotify’s African Heat playlist. Known for “the songs that are heating the continent up right now”, Omah Lay is a must-have artist. Sometimes he had up to four songs on the playlist. Recently his collaborations with Gyakie on “Forever (Remix)” and “Pronto” with Ajebo Hustlers have been highlighted. Its impact is clear. “Dude, I don’t even know how to describe that feeling. But he’s a huge man, it’s huge. And coming from where I’m from, and starting at the moment, counting from the moment I started making music, and seeing it all, man, I can’t even express how… man, I have no words to describe this feeling. “
“Because we’re dope,” said 6lack. “Two is cool, three is crazy. If you’ve got about four there, you’re on the run.”
“This is crazy, man,” adds Omah Lay. “I really appreciate it. I appreciate the support.”
6lack also appears on the African Heat playlist on Spinall’s “Sere (Remix)”, which also includes Fireboy DML.
Watch 6lack and Omah Lay discuss the rise of Afro-fusion, working on their joint track “Damn” and connecting their communities in the interview below.
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