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Listen to Aewon Wolf’s New Mixtape ‘Choose Love’

Choose Love is a prequel to the artist's last album coming next year.

Durban artist Aewon Wolf is releasing his last album under his current moniker, next year in March. Choose Love, his new mixtape is a prequel to that album.

In true Aewon Wolf fashion, Choose Love showcases his diversity­ from production styles to vocals. He raps and sings, and is potent at both.

In the opening song, the artist questions the music industry. He raps:

"Why do they hate when you independent and you sound like nobody else?/ They say power to the people, but the people with the power are the ones that don't help/ One with the people, but the people act funny when you wanna be yourself/ I can never sign with a major, 'cause they wanna put the truth on a shelf/ They want me to pop bottles, talk about money, not health/ they want us to act rich, but none of us gain wealth/ When the power that matters, is the mastery of self."

Aewon has been vocal about how the music industry isn't for him. He is currently on a journey to rediscover himself, and is also going through a rebranding of some sort. The crew he recently cofounded, Future Africa, aims to make music that sounds "authentically South African" while still not staying out of touch with where music currently is globally.

Listen and Spread the word with a RT! The first mixtape leading to the last Aewon Wolf Album. You gonna want to listen to this one! … #ChooseLove

Choose Love is a reflection of all that. Many of the songs are about romantic relationships, but songs like "Choose Love (Intro)" and "Zoo Keeper," find the artist at his most introspective, musing about navigating the game and the world.

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On "Zoo Keeper," his pen game is A1. He croons about Africa as a zoo held captive by fear, corrupt politicians, identity crises and a lot of other ills. He croons:

"Where we wanna break free, but scared of the liberty/ Where we kill each other 'cause we scared of the unity/ Where we brothers and sister, but don't see family/ And when we gonna learn that fear is our enemy?"

Choose Love is a coherent body of work, and may as well have been an album itself.

About a week ago, Aewon released a documentary, titled The Perfect Story (Choose Love), in which he interviewed the people who are close to him to give their impressions of him. It's a heartwarming doccie, and one that walks the talk of giving someone their flowers while they can still smell them. It also highlights how much work the man has done for the Durban music scene.

The 12-track mixtape features Kyle Deutsch, P-Dogg, Aux Cable, Reno, Garde and TrapBoiInk.

Listen to Choose Love below, or download it here, and watch the documentary underneath.

‎Choose Love by Aewon Wolf

The Perfect Story (Choose Love)


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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