NGA x MadKutz – BDAY ft. vaniny alves

BDAY is a song that is extremely popular in Angola right now. It currently sits at Number 3 on Angola’s Hip Hop & Rap Charts. The song uses elements from classic US hip hop, such as 808 patterns in the song’s music production, leaning towards a song influenced more by US hip hop rather than traditional Angolan music.

The music producer, MADKUTZ, is an Portuguese producer who has risen to recognition with over 1 million views on youtube. Collaborating with NGA, a powerhouse artist in Angola (with 846,000 instagram followers), helped MADKUTZ build his platform. The song also has singing throughout the song which reminisces early work from US top rapper, Kanye West. The rich vocals are provided by Vaniny Alves, an Angolan singer and actress. Together, they create a chilled, r&b/rap birthday anthem. The same effect that In Da Club by 50 Cents had on listeners becoming a birthday anthem, is the same way this song has been in Angola. 

Pre-pandemic, this song did well as a club song because of its slow yet beat heavy production allowed people a song to slow grind, a staple in Angolan dancing. It still is doing well overall. The song tells the story of a woman (Vaniny Alves) celebrating her partner’s (NGA) birthday. They have a lavish party and also share sensual moments together. For english listeners, a translation of lyrics are listed below (genius link attached below): 

[Intro: NGA]
Open a champagne my nigga
No, no, open two
Hey

[Verse 1: NGA]
There are things that don't change over time, my nigga
Like my school, it's not new, it's not old, it's tough
So on the beats I’m based
In a life based on rhymes and based
In a soulful MadKutz beat
Mouth full of gold, and Mad full of golds
And what elevates us, elevates us
Wasting hours for my gangstas to share the sound with their ladies
Because we were at babe, we change the house, and the car changes and the family does the up
Today is my bday, we gon 'party all night
Thank you my light, life without you is not life
Now it's complicated, I got the message
And when everyone goes, you're learning motivated
For when everyone goes, we assume the noise
What they do is noise
You already know the result

[Chorus: Vaniny Alves]
Tell me if you like what you see
I put on this outfit just for you
From head to toe, it's all yours
So come baby, congratulations my king

[Verse 2: NGA]
Hey, thank you my queen
Your love is priceless
For the ups and downs of this life, I thank you
Navigate your mind, appreciate your physique
I'm a zodiac sign scorpion, but a spirit lion
And you follow the campaign
You also don’t listen
Do not move the winning team
You wake up early and work hard on [?]
These flowers are for you, courtesy of quota Paulo
Launching the moments when uncertainty weighs
And with the moments that it seems that we have an embezzlement to the company
And the walls have ears, so Edson, be quiet
Faith in the line that separates Chico from the honest
And there's always a chibo nearby
But today this conversation is on the street
I will not take p'ro crib, play Gutto
Confirm on Whatsapp, I already sent you the link

[Chorus: Vaniny Alves]
Tell me if you like what you see
I put on this outfit just for you
From head to toe, it's all yours
So come baby, congratulations my king
 

Tell me if you like what you see
I put on this outfit just for you
From head to toe, it's all yours
So come baby, congratulations my king

[Bridge: Vaininy Alves]
Tell me if you like it, if it's that way
It's not perfect, but it's very close
Tell me if you like it, if it's that way
It's not perfect, but it's very close

[Chorus: Vaniny Alves]
Tell me if you like what you see
I put on this outfit just for you
From head to toe, it's all yours
So come baby, congratulations my king

NG!

Tell me if you like what you see


This track has been on Angola’s Top 10 Hip Hop & Rap charts for multiple weeks. The song’s initial release. was November 3, 2019 and has continued to make a mark ever since. Although the artists usually did not collaborate, after seeing success from this track, they have continued to work together to create Angolan Portuguese rap songs to top the country’s charts. NGA x  MADKUTZ have collaborated on other songs on their album entitled, 37 Tijolos (37 Bricks) that was also a successful piece overall and ranked as 90% on Album of the Year :

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Look out for these artists in Angola as they continue to produce top-charting music. You can find NGA, MADKUTZ, and Vaniny Alves’ social media links below. The song (BDAY) and album (37 Tijolos) is linked below as well.

ARTIST/WORKMEDIA
NGAhttps://www.instagram.com/nga_king/?hl=en
MADKUTZhttps://www.instagram.com/madkutz/?hl=en
Vaniny Alveshttps://www.instagram.com/vaninyalves/?hl=en
BDAY – Singlehttps://open.spotify.com/track/3pASrX6iKNoZkYFTCvsSkJ?si=b1e71ff66cb94b57
37 Tijolos – Albumhttps://music.apple.com/us/album/37-tijolos/1485497819

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