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Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna Appear in Major Lazer’s New EP

Major Lazer's 'Know No Better' EP features Nasty C, DJ Maphorisa, Ice Prince, Patoranking, Jidenna & more.

Major Lazer just released a surprise EP called Know No Betterand it has its own surprises too.


South African rapper Nasty CDJ Maphorisa, Nigerian rapper Ice Prince, dancehall artist Patoranking and Jidenna are all featured on the project. The four appear on the EP’s third track called “Particula.”

The song, a mashup of dancehall, afrobeats and EDM, starts off with a sing-songy verse by Nasty C, where he raps, “Ain't nothing cooler than the wrong moves/ When you do 'em to the right song, the right song/ Let's shoot this movie and put the shit on repeat/ I hope this Mary's not making you fall asleep.” Which is followed by Patoranking’s catchy hook.

“Particula” is one of the many globe-trotting collaborations on the EP. Jamaican dancehall-reggae singer Busy Signal, Camila Cabello, Brazilian singer Pabllo Vittar, Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano, Jamaica's Konshens, Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin all make appearances alongside Quavo, Sean Paul and Travis Scott on this musical world voyage.

Know No Better is the prequel to the trio’s upcoming album Music is the Weapon. Stream Know No Better in the playlists 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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