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Burna Boy Just Dropped Two New Collaborations With Lilly Allen and Fall Out Boy

We weren't sure what to expect, but as usual, Burna delivers.

Burna Boy has never really been one for conventionality when it comes to his sound and his latest collaborations prove just that.

The Nigerian dancehall artist appears on a new song from none other than American alt-rock group Fall Out Boy from their latest album, Mania called "Sunshine Riptide." Though we were decidedly unsure about how exactly the collaboration would work out at first, after finally hearing the full track, we must say that Burna Boy did his thing.

That's not the only unexpected collaboration that he's been a part of recently either, the artist dropped a new song today featuring British pop singer Lily Allen called "Heaven's Gate," which fuses Burna's quintessential dancehall delivery with Allen's airy vocals.

We think it's pretty cool that Burna Boy is expanding his already unique discography with these new collaborations, no matter how unforeseen they are. If one thing's for certain, it's that Burna never ceases to surprise us, and we're not mad at that.

Listen to both "Sunshine Riptide" and "Heaven's Gate" below via Apple Music.

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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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