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Cameroonian Rapper Tilla's Vibrant Debut Single 'Pantana'

Cameroonian rapper Tilla releases her first single "Pantana" on Cameroonian musician Jovi's New Bell Music label,


Tilla, the first female MC signed to Cameroonian rapper Jovi's New Bell Music label, releases an engaging & dual-toned first single with "Pantana." Produced by Jovi under his Le Monstre moniker, the track has Tilla spitting in both Pidgin and English over drum zaps and electronic churns, a firetruck alarm surging under her. The warmer part of "Pantana," which translates to "ganja" in Mboko Pidgin, comes with Cameroonian vocalists Reniss and Shey gently singing over a strolling guitar line, urging the listener to "party, party." Tilla, who started rapping in class seven, cites Lauryn Hill amongst her influences and, on "Pantana," one can hear the same understated confidence that imbues The Miseducation. The song will be the first track on Lord Have Mercy, New Bell Music's compilation EP of artists who signed to the label in the past year along with Jovi and Reniss, expected to drop on January 23. Tilla, who's also featured on the remix of Jovi's "Et P8 Koi 237," is now working on a solo EP, due out later this year. In the wait, listen to "Pantana" 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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