Regarded as one of the leaders of the nu-gen of urban music artists coming out of Africa in recent years, Santi presents his latest single, as premiered via Complex, “Freaky“, starring alongside two more stalwarts in the scene Bridge and Nonso Amadi.
This latest single from Santi re-imagines veteran Nigerian Hip-Hop artist Ikechukwu’s classic 2008 single “Shobeedo“, and spews it out as a mélange of post-groove sound design courtesy of producer Genio, who is just one of Santi’s tight-knit Monster Boys crew.
The dense production on “Freaky” weaves between Santi’s hypnotic dancehall-inflected flow, rapper Bridge’s distinct drone and R&B crooner Nonso Amadi’s smooth lament over the song’s femme fatale. Serving as the long awaited follow-up to his 2017, “Freaky” is the first single from Santi’s highly anticipated forthcoming EP, which will be released in the autumn.
The fast-rising emcee, vocalist and film director is inventing a unique fusion of disparate influences. While navigating new frontiers musically, Santi is also nurturing a filmmaking career, having co-directed his recent videos for “Jungle Fever” and “Gangster Fear“.
“When you hear my songs and you see my videos, and you see the story and you see stuff you’ve not seen before, you’ll connect with me more, like, ‘Okay Santi, this is you, this is what you do, I get you”