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.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.

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