Rising north London rapper IYKZ (formerly Ikes) is back with brand new visual to his single “They Know (Wan Mo)”, a collaboration with fellow Londoner Maleek Berry. The music video is directed by Meji Alabi (Zak Abel, Maleek Berry, Sneakbo) for JM Films. Shot in an underground warehouse in Hackney, east London, the monochromatic visuals provide the perfect backdrop for the gritty, hard-hitting street anthem, which also pays homage to the two rappers’ Nigerian heritage.
Peep “They Know (Wan Mo)” below on Youtube.
The single “They Know (Wan Mo)” is Written and produced by IYKZ and Maleek. They are part of the growing Afro Bashment movement and is already a hit on Spotify alone since being released independently only a few weeks ago. The track’s success also extends to radio, with notable support from renowned radio DJs Twin B and DJ Target on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Jay London on Capital XTRA.
Speaking on the record, IYKZ says, “‘Wan mo’ means ‘they know’ in the Nigerian Yoruba language. I’m Igbo but Maleek is Yoruba, so we blend both dialects throughout the record. It’s a patriotic street anthem. We want our voices to be heard. We linked up and did everything in Maleek’s bedroom. By the end of the session, we knew we had something special.” ~ IYKZ
“Working with IYKZ is always magic”, Maleek says of their partnership. “I love working with people who have a deep understanding of music, so it’s always bound to be something special when we collaborate.” ~ Maleek Berry