Backed by its two recently released lead singles ‘Tell Me’ featuring East London Afrobeats and R&B crooner Yemi Rush, and ‘Don’t Go’ featuring Afrobashment rising star RaysMuzik, which have been championed byComplex, TRACE, Okayafrica, Urban Vaults and Vents Magazine, among others, fast-rising UK Afrobeats producer Smartbeatz is proud to unveil his debut mixtape titled Certified.
Feature some of the best emerging artists from the fast-growing wave of UK Afrobeats music in 2018 includingDB, Maxiola, JKells, and of course RaysMuzik and Yemi Rush, the 12-track mixtape was produced solely by Smartbeatz and runs the gamut from Afrobeats, Afropop and Highlife, to R&B, Hip-Hop and Dancehall, excellently offering something different for every kind of music listener. Whether you’re an Afrobeats fan or not, Smartbeatz Certified mixtape is essential listening.
From the infectious R&B jams ‘Only You’ and ‘Baba’, and the synth-heavy Afro bop ‘Kowo Wole’, to the fast-paced Highlife dance floor filler ‘Keep On’ and the smooth Bashment offering ‘Wa U Sayin’, to the gritty Street-Hop record ‘Issa Hit’ and the massive posse cut ‘One Life’, Smartbeatz really pulls out all the stops on his Certified mixtape, and his carefully curated featured artists take the records up a few notches, making for one of the best Afrobeats projects of 2018.
Speaking about the inspiration behind his Certified mixtape, Smartbeatz says, “the project is a descriptive story about my journey as a music producer, how it all started, my experience working with up and coming artists and producers. I decide to call it ‘Certified’ as I believe I have worked hard on my craft and I’m ready to really show the world what I have to offer. The artists I got to work with on this project have helped me tell this story with their words, sweet melodies and life experiences”.