The Vortex

Gangsta Boogie: Ezale and Nigerian ’80s Disco

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ElectronicHip-HopGlobal SoundsHosted22 March 2017

Vivian Host presents five minutes of funk with the Oakland rapper Ezale, and Lilli Elias stops by with some Lagos dancefloor magic.

Raised on East Bay heroes like Mac Dre, Mac Blast and Too Short, Oakland rapper Ezale has heaps of California funk baked straight into his laid-back flows, fun-loving lyrics and G-funk-era beats. (Hell, he’s even from an area of Oakland called Funktown.) We called up the funky Cambodian to talk about his The Tonite Show tape with DJ Fresh, molly water, the classic Cambodian dish fish amok, and what’s going on in the Bay right now. Also on today’s show, Lilli Elias, the host of The Rhythm Section radio show on WNYU, drops in to play some of her favorite Nigerian disco and boogie cuts from the 1970s and ’80s, and explain how the political and social climate influenced some of the warmest dancefloor sounds around. Vivian Host tops all this off with new music from Actress, Jlin, BK Beats, Stefflon Don and more.