Ever since he hit with 2012's effusive "Dami Duro," Davido has been one of Africa's biggest rising stars. Now that he's signed an international deal with Sony, it looks like he may become one of the world's biggest, too. To American ears, his sound seems to split the difference between dance music's uptempo beats, R&B melodies and hip-hop's effortless swag. Yet it's all incorporated through a sound that is distinctly African, with rhythms that prove to be more compulsively danceable than most things making waves on the Hot 100. His upcoming album Baddest — which he recently revealed to Fader will include a feature from rapper Future — will be a major test for African artists crossing over in the United States. But Davido is confident: "I know what kind of songs work. The music should have everything in it — Jamaican, African, American, everything."