Nigerian superstar musician Mr Eazi drops his new single and video, "Chop Time, No Friend" and also announces his forthcoming album. With more than a handful of international hits under his belt ranging from "Hold Up", and "Skin Tight" to "Pour Me Water" and a Latin Grammy win, the singer continues to push his boundaries with his new single. Produced by Grammy Award-winning Ghanaian musician Killbeatz (Ed Sheeran, Wizkid, Burna Boy), and fast-rising Nigerian producer Andre Vibez, who is best known for producing the Rema and Selena Gomez Billboard Top 10 singles "Calm Down", "Chop Time, No Friend" sees Mr Eazi returning to his trademark Banku Music sound – which he pioneered and popularized on his early breakout singles – in true trailblazer fashion. Driven by glorious melodies, magnificent horn sections, and lush keyboard arrangements, the groove-filled opus sees Mr. Eazi delivering a silky-smooth hit song that shows a glimpse of just why he is revered as one of the best afro beats artists to ever do it. Mr. Eazi says, “The phrase ‘Chop Time, No Friend’ is a very common Ghanaian saying, something you will see written on the front or side of buses, just like the popular saying, ‘God is Great’. It means when you are eating, you don’t think about anybody, you are just focused on your enjoyment – this song is touching on how people chit-chat about me, but I am still focused on my enjoyment. It is a declaration, a celebration of self. I am saying everything I touch turns to gold, and you can’t trouble me”.
For the accompanying music video, Mr Eazi has collaborated with award-winning filmmaker Allison Swank Owen (Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer) to deliver a colourful visual befitting the magnificent record.
Shot in Dakar, the video sees Mr Eazi shining the spotlight on the thriving creative scene that is emerging out of Senegal’s capital city – from fashion to fine art to its everyday people. This theme of shining the spotlight is something Mr. Eazi also carries along, even in commissioning the cover art for "Chop Life, No Friend", painted by burgeoning South African artist Sinalo Ngcaba.
"Chop Time, No Friend" is taken from Mr Eazi's forthcoming official yet-to-be-titled forthcoming album