Dreamville rappers Bas & J. Cole become the latest US mainstream rap acts to jump on the Amapiano bandwagon with the new song “Passport Bros”.
Born Abbas Hamad to Sudanese parents, the Paris-born and Queens-based rapper has always stayed in tune with the pulse of the African music scene. Last December, he was captured in Accra, Ghana, fully immersing himself in the vibrant music, nightlife, and culture of the city.
Recently, the rapper joined forces with the fast-rising Ghanaian act, Black Sherif, and the renowned Nigerian producer, Kel-P, for a powerful collaboration titled “Blood, Sweat & Tears.” This compelling track served as the second lead single for the blockbuster Creed III movie soundtrack.
Notably, a few years ago, he also embarked on a journey to Nigeria as a member of J. Cole’s crew, performing at a concert in Lagos. The rapper’s connection to African music and his experiences in various countries have undoubtedly influenced his artistic journey as evidenced by his latest release “Passport Bros”.
The infectious tune, produced by DZL, Luca Mauti, and AzizTheShake, blends Afrobeats and Amapiano influences while Bas delivers carefree bars about enjoying life and globetrotting. The catchy song features J. Cole and is accompanied by a vibrant video showcasing the duo and their friends living it up in Johannesburg, Tokyo, and Barcelona.
“Passport Bros” is set to be part of Bas’s new album titled ‘We Only Talk About Real Sh*t When We’re Fcked Up’, which he announced earlier this year.
Bas and J. Cole are not the only US rappers jumping on the Amapiano wave, as French Montana and Swae Lee were recently spotted in Nigeria working on a music video with Afrobeats sensation Lojay. The Amapiano fever is spreading, and it’s no surprise artistes worldwide are hopping on board this Afro-infused trend!