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Revisit the Time Q-Tip Discovered His African Ancestry

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest takes a DNA test to trace his African roots in this Okayafrica TV video originally from January 2012.

It’s no secret that the music of A Tribe of Called Quest was, and dare we say continues to be, heavily influenced by its members’ African roots. On Friday, the group will release their final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. With just a few days to go before Tribe’s fond farewell, we thought we’d revisit the time Q-Tip discovered his ancestry as part of our Roots Of… series.


In the Okayafrica TV video below, originally from January 2012, the rapper can be seen taking a DNA test to trace his maternal ancestry back to a specific country and, yes, tribe, that he comes from.

“I really want to know about where my people come from because I feel like it just answers a lot of questions for me,” Tip said as he took the cheek swab. “Spiritually, there’s a bunch of generational psychological things that could be answered as well. It’s a lot of intrigue for me.”

So, is The Last Zulu in fact of Zulu lineage? Press play in the video below to find out!

For more on We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, Okayplayer’s got pretty much everything you need to know and more.

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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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