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80 Script Has a Lot to Get Off His Chest In His New EP ‘Pink Floyd’

One of Swaziland's finest MCs speaks his truth in this new stellar EP.

80 Script, one of Swaziland's finest MCs, released a 9-track EP titled Pink Floyd two weeks ago.

80 Script is outspoken on and off the mic. The MC always expresses his thoughts unapologetically about issues and the politics of the game. And, in this world as you probably know, that doesn't always work in one's favor.

On the EP's opening song "Pink Floyd Freestyle," the MC muses on all the drama he was part of in 2018, from his hilarious clashes with the fellow MCs Illa Penboy, Smokey and King Terry.


On the song, 80 Script expresses that most of his controversial statements, which lead to sour relationships with fellow rappers, usually come from a good place.

He raps:

"I wish I could that I can take it back to days when we were all cool/ Is this what success is all about?/ A bunch of rappers calling other rappers big mouths?/ Am I not supposed to tweet 'loud?/ I have freedom of speech and things I wanna speak about"

And later adds:

We only wanna talk about the good, but we never wanna talk about the bad/ I apologize if I made anybody mad, I'm just tryna put us on and keep us on the map."

The song "Omelette Du Fromage" was one of the five diss tracks 80 Script and the rapper Swiss released towards each other in November last year in what was one of the most impressive rap happenings of the year in the small kingdom.

80 Script has confidence, and it's etched in his delivery, and in lines like, "I don't care what anybody says about me when I'm not there/ All I know is I'm number one, and I'm living in the top tier," on the song "Drippin" or "I went a li'l AWOL, now I'm back where I fumbled from/ They tried to say I fell from grace/ I felt disgraced, had to hide my face/ Worried someone else was gonna take my place/ But they didn't…" on "Pink Floyd Freestyle."

But 80 Script does more than just address beef and punch his own chest on the nine songs of the EP. On "Drippin," he touches on the pressures of choosing a precarious career and how some of those closest to him react to his decision. On the song, "Drive," he muses about a relationship that went sour with the eloquence he displayed on previous songs about relationships such as "Call Me Already."

For the rest of the project, the MC raps about his aspirations, and trades bars with some of the country's new talent on Trent Omar, AyZee and Harristheniner.

What's impressive about 80 Script is that even though he came up in the 2000s, he's still able to pull off current flows and delivery styles while still maintaining his essence. This while many rappers from his era have chosen to stick to their outdated ways.

Pink Floyd was put together in less than a week, but it sounds like butter with only just a few loose ends. It doesn't sound rushed, and the MC subtly sticks to the Floyd theme by making sporadic boxing references in the songs. After all, in his own words, "I called it Pink Floyd because I am the Floyd Mayweather of Eswatini hip-hop. The pink represents positivity and good vibes."

Prior to Pink Floyd, the rapper hadn't released a full project since 2016's You Do The Dishes, which was a follow-up to his 2015 debut EP These Are The Basics—all rock-solid releases.

In 2019, 80 Script will be releasing his debut album That of Greatness and a collaborative EP with the aforementioned Swiss. The video for his hit single "Yaya" is underway, too.

Listen to Pink Floyd below or directly on SoundClound, and revisit our 2016 interview with 80 Script here.


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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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