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Left - John Boyega attends the EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 02 February, 2020 in London, England. Right - HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Robert De Niro attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

John Boyega & Robert De Niro Team Up for Netflix's 'The Formula'

John Boyega and Robert De Niro are set to star in Netflix's epic car race drama, 'The Formula'.

John Boyega and Robert De Niro are reportedly set to star in Netflix's upcoming car race drama The Formula. Written, directed and produced by Gerard McMurray, the film tells the story of a talented Formula One professional racer who becomes a getaway driver instead in order to rescue the only family he has left. The film will be produced by McMurray's Buppie Productions with producer credits shared among De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh.

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Right off the back of Martin Scorsese's 10-times Oscar nominated film The Irishman, De Niro returns to Netflix to take up one of the leading roles alongside Boyega in The Formula. Details around what characters the duo will be playing have not been shared as yet as well as which other performers are set to join the star-led cast. However, with a veteran actor such as De Niro and a tremendously talented young actor in Boyega, the film promises to be a casting dream.

Boyega, best known for his culturally impactful role as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Stars Wars: The Last Jedi, has had his hands full with a number of projects in the works. Last year, the 28-year-old signed a deal with Netflix to produce a number of non-English films from East and West African countries under his production company, UpperRoom.

More recently, Boyega starred in Alexander McQueen's historical anthology Small Axe which comprises five films (Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red, White and Blue, Alex Wheatle and Education) exploring stories about Black British culture and experiences. The compelling and admittedly evocative series is currently available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, according to IndieWire.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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