London-based artist Negash Ali has previously supported the likes of Ne-Yo, Nas and Damian Marley.
By Shehnaz Khan
Negash Ali has not had a journey like your average recording artist. After releasing previous single, ‘What You Got’, the 23-year-old Eriteran-Danish rapper has premiered his brand new video for ‘Fire In The Sky,’ featuring vocalist Siff, who has previously written for the likes of Alicia Keys. But Negash’s life story is one untold and inexperienced by many…
Born to Eritrean parents in the midst of the Eritrea and Ethiopia conflict in 1990, Negash’s family spent years in refugee camps before settling in Denmark, and eventually moving to London in search of a better life. Already adamant that he wanted to be an artist in his early years, it’s not surprising that Negash’s determination to succeed and elemental drive now shines influentially throughout his music, as having only recently moved to London, the young lyricist has already been snapped up by Warner Bros Records and Chappel Music. From opening up for the likes of Ne-Yo, Nas, Damian Marley and Wiz Khalifa on tour to writing tracks for the likes of ‘Fine China’ singer Chris Brown , including ‘Get Twisted’ a track featuring rapper Jadakiss that is thought to be the first single of his upcoming album, Negash’s accomplishments haven’t stopped there, as Capital Xtra have recently named him ‘New Breakthrough Act’.
‘Fire In The Sky’ is Negash Ali’s latest single, and is the lead song from his upcoming EP ‘The African Dream’, set to be released early next month. The accompanying visual for the track premiered earlier this week and is a compelling depiction of his journey so far. Usually, when I tend to listen to a track I know instantly within the first few seconds, whether I’m going to like it not and on this occasion, I’d reached the end of the four-minute duration before I even knew it. Negash’s conscientiously honest verses are witty and implicitly rife with subtext storytelling, steered far away from any kind of faux topics, ensuring that the story, and nothing but the story – is what really sinks in.
“When I was thirteen, I said by twenty-five I’d be the best rapper alive,” Negash begins, before insistently rapping about his desire to break out of his cage and “shake up the world,” Making it onto the prestigious Forbes list, the Academy Awards and amassing a rightful fortune all make the final cut and Negash’s lyrically brilliant verses are merged together perfectly with the help of a haunting hook, provided by memorable vocals from Siff. The new Londoner goes on to connote his loyalty for his home country “Man I do it for my continent, why they say you can’t win with a skin dark chocolate, f*ck them,” he truthfully says, further reaffirming his strong ambition to make it in the competitive industry.
With that being said, I’m certain Negash’s EP will be worth the wait.
Negash Ali’s EP ‘The African Dream’ will be released on February 17th, but in the mean time, check out his video for ‘Fire In The Sky’ below!