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You Need to Hear This Collaborative EP By Nigerian Duo Remy Baggins & Eri Ife

YLLW is the contemporary afro-pop album you need in your life right now.

Even for the world's most popular and celebrated artists, collaborative albums can be a hit or miss. It may possibly require years of friendship or an instant and undeniable musical chemistry that brings two individuals to create a remarkable collaborative project.

Remy Baggins is a 22-year-old singer and producer based in Lagos. His proficiency and versatility as a beat maker has allowed him to work with various established and rising acts in Nigeria such as Ice Prince, MI Abaga,Famous Bobson and Jinmi Abduls to name a few.

Eri Ife is a fast-rising singer-songwriter from the afro-alternative scene who created a lot of buzz with his debut EP last year—a project dripping with mellow and up-lifting goodness evocative to a young Ed Sheeran.


YLLW is a glorious illustration of what happened when these two Lagos prodigies finally linked up.

From the vocals to the production and songwriting, this EP is just as vibrant and alive as its title would suggest. The 5-track project explores a variety of styles, injecting alternative R&B and hip-hop to craft a unique and collective afro-pop sound.

The EP is staggeringly cohesive and beautifully executed with every track seamlessly flowing into the next, giving the impression that you are listening to a continuous 16-minute piece of music.

Ghanaian artist Bryan the Mensah makes an appearance on the song "My City" and the duo was also heavily assisted by producer Sir Bastien who performs an interlude so good you will wish it was a full song.

It often occurs that the genius masterminds behind your favorite pop projects go unappreciated but in the case of YLLW, Remy Baggins is front and centre, leaving his undeniable footprint as one of the most gifted young producers in Lagos right now.

YLLW is a wonderful collaborative effort that exemplifies the new wave of go-getting Nigerian artists eager to break barriers with explosive cross-genre fusions. You definitely should not miss this!

Listen to "YLLW" by Remy Baggins & Eri Ife below for much-needed positive vibes.

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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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