Coming out of a short hiatus after his last album ‘The Genetic Code’ (2021) generated more than 2,400,000 streams on Spotify alone, Gee Baller is officially announcing the coming of his third studio album, ‘Black Slides & White Socks’. He hinted that the project will highlight the struggles of African people growing up and surviving the diaspora, carrying social nuances associated with being black in white communities. The project carries a handful of celebrated international features including his frequent collaborators Octavian,and Scriptonite, and some new collaborators like Ghana’s Jay Bahd.
Born Great Okogun Emmanuel, the 26 year old recalls how he fell in love with music by virtue of listening to his father’s huge collection of Afrobeat, Highlife, and Jazz vinyls. By age 9, Gee Baller had become fully devoted to music, idolizing legendary icons like Fela Kuti and Dr Dre. He continues to make motivational anthems, a trait that has won him a growing core fanbase, in and outside Nigeria.
Gee Baller says, “This project is my way of sharing my experiences growing up in the trenches of my motherland and then leaving to start a new journey in the diaspora. So I am saying, hey look! Jump in these black slides and white socks, and walk this journey with me. A lot of young people will resonate with the experiences.”