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Davido's "If" Gets a Remix From R.Kelly

Davido links up with R.Kelly for a remix of his hit song "If."

DIASPORA—Davido's afrobeats banger "If" gets a remix from R&B heavyweight R.Kelly.


The seasoned singer hinted at the collaboration back in May, to which Davido responded excitedly on his Instagram with a video of him jamming to the remix in his car. "Crazyyy!!!!!!! THE LEGEND R KELLY REMIXED 'IF'," he wrote in the caption. "Whaaaaaaat!! I'm honored!! 😬 #backtobasics stay true to your culture!! THEY WILL COME!!"

The full version has arrived today and it features a lengthy, energized verse from Kelly, who follows Davido's flossy one-liners with some showy lyrics of his own, aimed at the woman he's pursuing.

"If I give you all my money, give you all my time, give you all my loving, girl would you be mine," he sings atop the song's bubbly production.

We're still not quite sure how or why this remix happened—we liked the sans R.Kelly version just fine—but here it is anyway.

Stream it 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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