If I told you yesterday that one of the harder hip-hop tracks of the year would come from a Nigerian-German artist, would you have believed me? Probably not. But here’s Nneka, proving you, me, and everyone else completely wrong with tough-as-nails “God Knows Why.” She’s flexing her rapping/sing-song muscles on here with a brooding, meditative delivery, which suits the equally dark instrumentation perfectly. Further complementing the clink pianos and snarling guitars is the Roots’ Black Thought, who shows up for a rare guest verse. If you weren’t anticipating Nneka’s new album Soul Is Heavy yet, you probably will be after hearing this.
You can stream the track below. Soul Is Heavy drops Sept. 27.