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Kenyan/Ugandan rapper MC Yallah's second album reunites her with French producer Debmaster, Congolese beatmaker Chrisman and Japanese icon Scotch Rolex. Cyber-rap? Bring it on.
MC Yallah was in the middle of touring her debut album "Kubali" when she was grounded due to lockdown. Her response was to head to the Nyege villa in Kampala and begin piecing together a sophomore album. What else to expect from a performer who has already seemingly lived multiple lives and been through countless artistic reinventions? "Yallah Beibe" is her most convincing set yet, effectively capturing the breathless energy of the rapper's memorable performances, splicing her dextrous vocal turns with forward-thinking productions and jaw-dropping guest appearances.
Ugandan dancehall rising star Ratigan Era appears on 'Big Bun', trading syrupy, melodic bars back-and-forth with Yallah over a blistering beat from Chrisman. Duma's Lord Spikeheart steps up for the assist on stand-out track 'No One Seems To Bother', growling a hoarse chorus and letting Yallah take the spotlight with tongue-twisting verses that flip between languages and dialects. But Yallah sounds most urgent and uninhibited on the most skyward-looking beats: Scotch Rolex's 'Baliwa' blends machine whirrs and airlock crunches with unsettling, baroque cinematics, and Yallah meets this innovation with lightning fast rhymes that flux into robotic wails. On 'Hera', she sings and raps while beats roll and fall apart - the form doesn't matter too much 'cause it's Yallah's internal rhythm that keeps things afloat.