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World-class DJ, radio titan, celebrated author and producer DJ Semtex is back with a bold new banger featuring Dreamville rapper Cozz and one of Ghana’s most exciting new artists, Twitch 4EVA. Listen HERE

Out just in time for Halloween, “Scary” is a musical blockbuster about the real-life horror of letting a good one slip through your fingers. Together, the trio boldly explore new dimensions, blending Cali rap, West African balladry, and the UK producer’s own boundary-pushing sound.Sinister synths slink around a hard-hitting trap beat and merge with hypnotising vocals by Ghanaian singer-songwriter Twitch 4EVA. “We live to die, yeah I know / But I can’t afford to lose you / It’s scary, scary,” he sings on the hook. Cozz drives the message home with an evocative verse that glides over the production: “Terrifying, losing you is worse than Halloween,” he raps. 

“Scary” arrives with a film noir-style video that follows DJ Semtex and Twitch 4EVA on a turbulent journey in Accra, capturing the freewheeling nightlife of Ghana’s capital with DJ Semtex on the decks. Meanwhile, at home in Los Angeles, Cozz grapples with his conscience.

The author of the acclaimed book Hip Hop Raised Me, Semtex is known for iconic runs at radio stations BBC 1Xtra and his current home, Capital Xtra. Having toured, opened and performed onstage with the likes of Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Travis Scott, Skepta, Migos, Dave and Dizzee Rascal, DJ Semtex has earned the right to be called one of hip-hop’s most meaningful tastemakers. Since 2019, Semtex has been releasing his own music through his label, Seminal Sound, working with artists such as Afro B and Boy Nash. “Scary” further defines his distinct, moody sound, which is firmly rooted in hip-hop, with nods to Africa and beyond. 

“I’ve been DJing, podcasting and shutting down shows but now I’m now focusing on production and putting together unique, dope moments with artists I rate from different continents,” DJ Semtex says. “I gave Twitch a folder of beats, he picked a track and wrote ‘Scary’ with Kwesi Arthur. Then I reached out to Cozz, he wrote a sick verse. Together, we created a Trap Soul banger, then shot the video in Ghana and LA.” 

“The beat alone carried an emotional message,” says Twitch 4EVA, known for afrobeats hits like “Superman” (feat. Kwesi Arthur and KiDI) and his work with GuiltyBeatz and Juls. “I was locked in with my bro Kwesi Arthur in the studio when I heard it, he came up with the hook melody, and I heard the lyrics ringing in my mind. The track is different to the usual music I make. Thank you DJ Semtex for unlocking that part of me.”

Look out for more fresh bangers from DJ Semtex in early 2023, and catch him Friday nights on Capital XTRA from 9 to 11pm.


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