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Phyno, Falz and Phenom Link Up for Socially-Charged Single 'Get the Info'

Phyno's new track is an indictment on the state of Nigerian society.

Nigerian rapper Phyno enlists fellow Nigerian MCs Falz and Phenom for his latest single "Get the Info," a socially-charged track that sees the artist addressing some of the most pressing issues facing their home country.

The track opens with words about government corruption, before the rappers deliver passionate verses atop the laid-back hip hop production from Major Banggz.


Phyno opens the song, rapping in his dexterous mix of Igbo and English and is later joined by Phenom on the second verse. Flaz, known for his socially-minded lyrics, delivers the song's third verse, which is another indictment on greedy politicians. In the song, the rappers address everything from elections, to poverty, to tribalism and religion. They urge listeners to stay informed and "get the Info" throughout.

The stripped-back music video features the artists and dancers performing in dark settings interspersed with striking black-and-white footage featuring everyday Nigerians, state security forces, political leaders and more.

The track is Phyno's first of the year. Last year the artist dropped his latest album Deal With It, which featured several collaborations, including "Vibe" featuring Flavour.

OkayAfrica spoke to both Phyno and Falz for our end of the decade retrospective on the rise of afrobeats. Phyno spoke about the future of the Nigerian music scene, "what everybody is hearing now is just the tip of the iceberg," said the artist. Later adding: "Trust me though, the wave is coming, afrobeats, Nigeria, Africa, this is culture to us. Music is what we do—everybody does music like it's nothing."

Watch the music video for "Get the Info" below.

Phyno - GET THE INFO ft. Phenom, Falz www.youtube.com

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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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