Sneakbo + Moelogo – Pree Me
Sneakbo – Born Agassi Odusina in 1992, in southwest London, this inventive rapper combined grime with Afro-beat and dancehall influences to create a sound that graced the U.K. singles charts from 2011 onward.
He released his debut single, “The Wave,” in late 2011, during the brief period he was in prison following charges of aggravated assault.
After the release, Sneakbo focused on building upon that single’s success by recording new material and making live appearances throughout Europe.
Jetski Wave, his own clothing line soon began to flourish and by the end of 2012, he had guested on D’banj’s U.K. Top Ten hit “Oliver Twist” and had his first solo Top 40 single in the form of November’s “Zim Zamma.”
Continuing to work with production duo iLL BLU, Sneakbo enjoyed further success in summer 2013 with the Shabba Ranks -sampling “Ring a Ling.”
In 2014 he guested on another U.K. pop hit, “Dr. Who!” by Tujamo and Plastik Funk. He also released his full-length Certified, which featured several tracks produced by iLL BLU and a guest appearance from Gappy Ranks.
Mixtape JetSkiWave 2 appeared in 2015, and the summery single “Too Cool (Right Here)” featuring Nyla released in 2016.
~ James Wilkinson, Rovi
Moelogo – The first taste of British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Moelogo’s fusion of Afrobeat, R&B, and hip-hop came in 2013 with his breakout single “Pangolo.”
He was born Mohammed Animashaun in Lagos and moved to London in 2001.
At 14, he joined the school choir where he discovered his love of singing and later became involved with London’s Starlight Music Academy, which allowed him to work with British rappers Kano and Chipmunk.
In 2011, he traveled to Gambia to perform in front of 60,000 people with the reggae artist Busy Signal.
Changing his name to Moelogo he put out his first single, the club-oriented “Pangolo,” and later in 2013 released his debut EP Moe Is My Name, Music Is My Logo.
The following year the young artist released the single “Baddest,” which featured London rapper Giggs.
MOBO Awards honoured his early achievements at both the 2015 and 2016 MOBO Awards, where he got the nomination for Best African Act.
2016 also saw the release of his sophomore EP, Ireti, which revealed a gentler side to his Afrobeat syntheses and “Penkele” which Davido and Sarkodie later remixed.
In 2017 Moelogo put out two singles from what would be his third EP: the gentle “Shine Your Light” and the Tiggs Da Author-featuring “Sometimes I Pray.” That same year he also appeared on the Jonas Blue single “We Could Go Back.”
~ Bekki Bemrose