Photo: “Smoke From Fire” cover art
  /  01.05.2021


Bas has been on a mission to use his voice to amplify stories that need to be heard. His latest contribution to that goal is his role as the host of Dreamville’s new podcast, The Messenger, which will help share a story about the fight for freedom in Uganda. Bas enlisted The Hics to help him create the official theme song titled “Smoke From Fire,” available now on streaming platforms.

The Queens-bred rapper made sure to be crystal clear about his intentions for this new journey. “As artists we often struggle with how to best use our platform. How to effectively play our part in helping society make positive social change,” he began. “That’s what drew me to this story.” The podcast will be centered about telling the story of Bobi Wine. “Bobi Wine has sacrificed all the comforts of a pop star to challenge Uganda’s dictator of over 30 years in January’s election,” Bas continued to write. “He’s been banned from radio or putting on concerts while also facing several attempts on his life, unfair arrests, and harassment by the ruling party. It’s rare if not downright inspiring to see an artist shoulder such a burden.”

Although his last full-length solo project was Milky Way, which was released back in 2018, Bas has had his hand in a slew of singles since then such as FKJ’s “Risk,” Rexx Life Raj’s “No Permission Needed,” and Dua Saleh’s “RE(a)D.” Prior to that were his projects Too High To Riot and Spilled Milk, which were released in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Music news aside, last year he had a unique opportunity to design a shoe for an exclusive BAPE collaboration on behalf of Dreamville, alongside designer Rae Anaïs.

Be sure to press play on the new “Smoke From Fire” track by Bas and The Hics own below.

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