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Blitz The Ambassador On Art + Bob Marley 'Soul Rebel' Cover In Paris

Blitz the Ambassador meets with Sierra Leonean songstress Mariama on her 'Take Me to Paris' series. The two discuss art and play a cover of "Soul Rebel."


Taking a break from being an "African in New York," Blitz the Ambassador's travels recently led him to Paris, where the Ghanaian emcee met with Sierra Leonean-born songstress and host of Take Me To ParisMariama. The fourth episode in the short video series finds Blitz and Mariama at Le Comptoir General, a museum dedicated to the former French colonies– specifically how the French government continued to interfere with their independence. The clip's first half sees the two discussing the correctness (or lack of) the term "ghetto art" and lessons that the music community could (or might not need to) learn from the World Cup. The Parisian soiree closes out with a take on Bob Marley's classic "Soul Rebel," which Blitz lends some rhymes on. Watch the talk and acoustic session below.

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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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