For Yogi's upcoming debut album, the London-born, Los Angeles-based producer says he plans to merge US and UK culture together, and his lead single, "Baby" featuring Maleek Berry, Ray BLK and Kid Ink, gives us an idea of what that actually means to the up-and-comer.
It's been a month since the exceptional track dropped, and we finally have a stunning music video that should (hopefully) make the song one of this year's big hits.
The infectious track, which samples Julio Bashmore's 2012 song, "Au Seve", finds all three artists playing to their different strengths. While they all do great work — Ray BLK and Yogi's production, in particular, truly shine — the real star is Maleek Berry, who delivers a knockout intro.
Speaking with Complex about why he brought the three artists together, Yogi said:
"It was so important to get Ray BLK on this as she represents what’s happening in the U.K. at the moment. She brings that South London swag, which kept the beat authentic.
Maleek represents what's happening in the clubs in the UK at the moment. No one can deny the influence afrobeat is having on UK urban music right now.
[It also] made perfect sense to have Kid Ink rep LA culture and help merge all the worlds the song now represents."
While most people will only listen to "Baby" for one or more of the three artists assembled, we are pretty certain a lot of them will leave as fans of the man behind the wheel, Yogi — we know we definitely did. If the songs on his debut album are this solid, we'll all be in for a real treat.
Watch the video for "Baby" below: