If An African metropolis, the Ghanaian web series inspired by using the famed HBO drama sex and The metropolis, become a manner for writer Nicole Amarteifio to show the arena modern African women in a clean, sexually liberated and relatable light, then Princess Vitarah, a l. A.-based Nigerian rapper with best two singles but a message that nods to each her history and contemporary state of womanhood, is taking it even similarly.
Her outspoken, cheeky method to rapping is shattering the trite perceptions people have of African ladies via mixing elements of hip-hop and Nigerian lifestyle whilst additionally supplying anthems for millennial African ladies.
Born in U.S. But raised in Nigeria, the rapper taken aback the sector along with her first track “Nigerian Pussy,” which debuted on YouTube in March and received seventy five,000 perspectives in less than 48 hours (it now has over 280,000). The video opens with Princess Vitarah decked out in gold add-ons, crimson lipstick and field braids on a palm-tree lined street in los angeles with a posse of fellows dancing shoki, a Nigerian dance craze that went viral in 2014.
The music changed into praised with the aid of Nigerian rapper Olamide and started a comical trending Twitter debate among West Africans, who’re usually much more likely to argue approximately who makes higher jollof, a West African rice dish. (She raps: Nigerian pussy is the tightest, Ghanian pussy isn’t….Naija pussy is the satisfactory, Kenyan pussy it’s okay.) It even warranted a reaction song from Ghanaian television presenter and musician Sister Deborah called “Ghana Jollof.”
based in the ’60s via Fela Kuti, Nigerian afrobeat is presently making waves within the uk and the united states. Pop superstar Davido was featured on the quilt of The Fader‘s March problem and has a address Sony tune international, at the same time as Drake and uk dust rapper Skepta made a remix of “Ojuelegba” via Wizkid, who’s also featured on Drake’s Billboard-charting track “One Dance.” and then there’s pop star Tiwa Savage, who has been called Nigeria’s solution to Beyoncé. But at the same time as Wizkid, Davido, and Tiwa Savage are bringing a Nigerian track genre mainstream, Princess Vitarah is making an attempt to break into rap.
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With lyrics like “Princess Vitarah is the baddest, Princess Vitarah so hot, Princess Vitarah is just a tease and a player, make them think they’re going to get it but they not,” the song isn’t a far cry from the sexual braggadocio and liberating lyrics of female emcees before her like Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Trina, Nicki Minaj, Khai, and most recently JunglePussy and Cardi B.
What makes Princess Vitarah stand out is that she’s African. Here is an African female rapper speaking her mind about sex in a place known for conservatism. In an interview with Okay Africa, Princess Vitarah said her parents haven’t even heard her music yet:
[Laughs] My sister called me. My mom and dad, I don’t think they’ve seen it. I hope they don’t. And then my brother, I hope he doesn’t see it either.
My sister, she’s like the coolest one. She’s the most understanding. But my other family’s way more conservative, so I hope they don’t see it. So far I don’t think they have.
In Princess Vitarah’s new song “Tell Your Husband,” she complains about a married man who keeps contacting her (DMs, Snapchat, texts, phone calls, in person). She doesn’t want him and begs him to stop. She inserts Yoruba phrases into her rhymes: Tell your husband fi mi le jo (Tell your husband leave me alone) and Tell Baba Nla he better fall back (Tell big man he better fall back). The music video features her with a gang of other beautiful women in traditional Yoruba headdresses, milly rocking with stacks of cash in their mouths. What a sight! It’s now a contender for anthem of the summer, because seriously, who doesn’t want an overzealous man to stop calling them? We all do.
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Princess Vitarah wants to “put Nigeria on the map, so that way, maybe we can open the door for other Nigerian artists to come over too.” We are here for it.