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Watch Old Money's 'Mothership'

Watch Old Money's shape-shifting black-and-white music video for "Mothership."


New York rap duo Old Money recently dropped the video for “Mothership," the title track off their electronic grit-meets-afrofuture EP on Dutty Artz. Echoing the duo’s black liberationist philosophy, the title Mothership speaks to liberation movements such as Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Liner; these movements saw the ship as a fundamental site where, as Dutty Artz explains, “an enlightened creative community nurtures its brightest future stars.”

Themes of enlightenment and exploration are present in Old Money’s Nathan Chojnacki-directed music video. Crisp black-and-white silhouettes give it classic feel while the duo’s sharp wordplay and modern style convince us that Mothership is not a depiction of the past but a reimagining of previous ideas for the production of a more informed future. Shots cut between Old Money's Ahmed Julian and Andre Oswald whispering wisdoms gathered from their visit to the metaphorical 'Mothership,' and kaleidoscopic images of shifting cityscapes.

The rhythmic drum machine beat and funky kwaito-esque vibe of the track place viewers in a trance as scenes of NYC’s skyline transform from cityscapes to starry skies. Julian and Oswald appear individually throughout the video with shadows of the city floating over their figures; their bodies move freely and fluidly to the pulsating beat of the track inviting us to join them on a journey back to the mothership, or, as described by Dutty Artz, “ the Zion in the sky that is both the beginning and the destiny for all this planet’s righteous sufferers.”

Watch Old Money's video for "Mothership" below. The EP, which is available now, features remixes from Chief Boima and DJ Spoko

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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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