7 Things You Need To Know About AKA’s Upcoming Album ‘Touch My Blood’

One of the most anticipated South African albums is almost here.

AKA's third studio album, Touch My Blood, is one of the most anticipated South African albums of the year. The rapper, who has managed to stay at the forefront of the music scene for just under 10 years, always shakes up the industry with his releases.

Below, are 10 things we know about the album so far.

1. The cover

In what has been deemed by many as a "genius" marketing campaign, AKA asked his fans to submit designs for the album's cover. The one he ended up choosing, however, was an in-house design by members of his company Beam Group. One of the public submissions will be used as the album's back cover.

2. What the title means

The album title is Touch My Blood. The rapper said this came from people asking him to touch their blood at shows, when they raised their hands to shake his.

3. It will have 17 tracks

Touch My Blood will be 17 songs which is longer than most of his previous albums (Levels, Be Careful What You Wish For), except his debut Altar Ego, which had 18 tracks.

4. The producer Tweezy is working on the album

Tweezy, who produced most of Levels' biggest hits ("All Eyes On Me," "Sim Dope," "Run Jozi") is one of the producers on Touch My Blood. This is after the two artists had a fallout of some sort in 2016. We couldn't be happier they have set their differences aside.

5. It won't be a straight rap album

This goes without saying. AKA's recent pop forays ("Caiphus Song," "One Time," "Special Fi Mi," "The World Is Yours") will culminate on Touch My Blood. "Sweet Fire," which is a pop record, is one of the album's lead singles. AKA has also played some snippets from the album, and most of the songs have the same sensibilities. Supa Mega is singing more than he's rapping. He did say he doesn't feel the need to prove he can rap anymore.

6. It will be AKA's last album

In March, it was announced that Touch My Blood would be AKA's last album. His manager Tshiamo Letswene told TimesLIVE in March:

"Yup. This is it. This is his last album. He wants to do other things with his life beyond music. He is a father and a businessman. He has a company to run and he will be focusing on that and other projects. He will always be AKA and will dip in and out of music."

7. It drops on the 25th of May

The album will touch your blood on the 25th of May, as announced on April through a tweet.

Update: The album release date has been pushed back to the 15th of June.


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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