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Listen to Flame’s Highly Anticipated Debut Album ‘CandyMan’

Flame finally releases 'CandyMan.'

Flame released his debut album this morning. CandyMan has been long promised and teased. The South African hip-hop artist's cult following has been impatiently waiting for the release.


Flame has established himself as a force nature among the country's new wave of artists in the last few years. From the countless appearances on songs by member of The Wrecking Crew, which was part of until recently, to releasing three solid projects, Clouds, Germander and Do Not Disturb. The latter was a collaboration with TWC ally Zoocci Coke Dope.

All three projects were solid. It's, however, still too early to determine if CandyMan matches up to the previous releases. And at 19 tracks, it's a lot of music to get through and make sense of in one listen.

A lot has happened since Flame last released a full-length project. Most notably, him and other members Ecco and Mellow left The Wrecking Crew to form The Lean Team. The speculations have been many and the story has been getting told in bits and pieces. A-Reece shared his side on the song "Carele$$," while The Lean Team gave theirs in an interview with Zkhiphani.

CandyMan features the likes of Frank Casino, Ecco, The Big Hash and Ayanda Jiya among others. On first listen, it's a solid project that sees Flame maintain his style and attempt to build on it (for instance on the song "Up and Lost," in which he rides an uptempo pop beat).

Listen to CandyMan 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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