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Watch Blitz the Ambassador's Muhammad Ali Tribute 'Rumble (Champion Sound)'

Watch Blitz the Ambassador's "Rumble (Champion Sound)" video in tribute to Muhammad Ali's 1974 trip to Kinshasa.


Yesterday marked the 39th anniversary of "Thrilla in Manila," the historic match in which Muhammad Ali defeated Joe Frazier in the Philippines to take home the world Heavyweight title. To celebrate Ghanaian/Brooklynite emcee Blitz the Ambassador released a brand new single and video– the first off his forthcoming Diasporadical EP. Inspired by Ali's 1974 trip to Kinshasa for the "Rumble in the Jungle," "Rumble (Champion Sound)" pays homage to a boxer's passion and work ethic. Produced by Opticks (who was also behind "Dikembe!"), Blitz's latest plays like a pre-game warmup with heavy-hitting drums and horns.

When the video premiered online yesterday, Blitz tweeted out, "Let the record reflect that we took no shortcuts and no days off…..what ever we have, we earned". Opening with a brazen Ali quote taken from the "Thrilla in Manila" press conference, Blitz takes it back to Ghana's coastal town of Bukom– home of champions like Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Joshua Clottey. Blitz spits out rhymes with a lightning speed rivaling the G.O.A.T.'s footwork, while young amateur boxers are shown training throughout the city's streets and chanting "Rumble, young man, rumble." Watch the video below and look out for Diasporadical to drop in March 2015 via Jakarta Records. Blitz has promised to unveil a new single and video every month leading up to the release.

>>>Download Blitz The Ambassador's "Rumble (Champion Sound)"

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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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