When Coventry-raised rhymer Pa Salieu introduced himself at the top of the year with the very brilliant "Frontline", a lot of us couldn't look past how similar in sound and swag he was to fellow British-Gambian rapper J Hus—both share flows with a heavy African twang, and both stand firm in their African appearance. J Hus was quick to put an end to the comparison, however, tweeting: "I messaged Pa Salieu and told him not to watch what people are saying, to keep pushing and to be a Militérian. He replied, 'Bro, I was born a Militérian.' My brother."
Pa Salieu has since carved out a lane of his own—dropping huge underground collabs with the likes of SL and Ambush and signing a deal with Warner—and his latest double-single drop puts him in good stead. Produced by London's Felix Joseph and AOD, "Betty", the video for which we're premiering today, is the melodic, Afroswing-tinged counterpart to the grime-focused "Bang Out", giving us a clearer look into the artistry of Pa Salieu.
Speaking with Complex about the making of the track's Rollo Jackson-directed visuals, Pa Salieu told us: "It was a mad experience making this video in lockdown. We had to shoot the bulk of it in my apartment and it was obviously hard to imagine how it was gonna turn out, but Rollo Jackson really managed to capture the essence of the track. He was amazing to work with and he brought the whole thing to life; I really thank him for his vision on this one."
Watch exclusively above and add "Betty" (and "Bang Out") to your playlists.