MANG FI by Papa Mbye
Following the success of singles “IDONTSENDSEX” and “NOFOODINMYTUMMY,” Minneapolis-based rising star Papa Mbye has released his long-awaited debut EP titled MANG FI. MANG FI is a common phrase in Wolof, one of the most popular languages spoken in Senegal, where Papa was born and spent the first two years of life before relocating to Minneapolis. Translating to “I’m fine” or “I’m here,” the phrase is a fitting title to the EP, which is dedicated to his loved ones, including his late cousin who he mourns on the opening track, “WEB(si)+e.” With his incredible rapping, singing, and producing skills on full display on MANG FI, it’s hard to believe that Papa only started taking music seriously in 2019 after a performance at a house show in the Como neighborhood. Clocking in at just under twenty minutes with strong electronic elements, MANG FI is a short but sweet introduction to one of the most promising hip hop artists coming out of the Twin Cities.
by Paul Schoening