Listen ‘n Learn:
- What is the ultimate victory for artists
- Dre’s experience to get realize his goals
- The one word that keeps him motivated
Sampa the Great
- Sampa’s roots before having the confidence to pursue music
- Early hip hop influences and discovering how to translate poetry
- Incorporting the sounds and culture of Zambia to create music
- Understanding how music can move you through emotional states and healing
- Time – NF
- When I Grow Up – NF
- Sons & Daughters – Dre Lloyd
- Final Form – Sampa The Great
- Protect Your Queen – Sampa The Great
- Flowers – Sampa The Great featuring REMI
About Our Guests:
East Coast’s very own Dre Lloyd, born and raised in lindenwold New Jersey, is on the rise and making his impact in the music industry. Having the opportunity to open for some of Hip Hops Legends such as The GZA, Styles P and Jay Electronica, and headlining across the nation and abroad in countries such as Canada and Dubai, Dre is a force to be reckoned with. Having his musical roots in soulful R&B and old school Hip Hop, Lloyd has found his way to bridge the gap between both eras while staying true to himself and creating a new lane for others to follow.
Sampa the Great released her acclaimed “Birds and the BEE9” mixtape in 2017. The release found inspiration in spiritually-minded gospel and chants to neo-soul and hip-hop, intertwined with Sampa’s clearly-defined, no-holds-barred political outlook. Described by The Observer as a record in which “categories dissolve around her”, support for Sampa The Great has come from the likes of NPR, Clash,, Mixmag, Rolling Stone, and more. “BEE9” was also the winner of the prestigious Australian Music Prize Best Album Of 2017.
Her new single ‘Final Form’ was released on 5th June 2019 alongside an official video. It is Sampa’s first new music for 2019 and sees her fiercely delivered lyrics entangled with a warm, tightly wound beat which draws inspiration from the energy of their shared inspirations in classic hip-hop.
Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, and now based in Melbourne, her upbringing continues to bear an influence on her music. It was the shock of losing a close friend which prompted her to take the leap to try to become an artist.
She has previously performed worldwide supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$ to name a few.
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