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Rouge Gathers The New Wave For a Bar Fest in ‘Popular Remix’

Costa Titch, Phanton Steeze, Tumi Tladi, Hanna and Blxckie drop verses on the remix to Rouge's 'Popular'.

South African lyricist Rouge recently released the highly anticipated remix to her single "Popular". The remix comes with verses from members of South Africa's new waveCosta Titch, Phanton Steeze, Tumi Tladi, Hanna and Blxckie.

The song showcases the diverse styles of the country's new generation of hip-hop artists—from melodic to hard raps, and a variance of writing styles.


"Popular Remix" follows an impressive rollout. Prior to releasing the song, the emcee shared the artwork with the faces of each contributor blurred. Each blurred photo of the rappers was captioned with lines and catchphrases from their previous songs. Fans and artists alike participated in naming the rappers increasing engagement on Rouge's social media platforms.

On the same day, Rouge also released the song "Gear Box" which features YoungstaCPT, Jack Parow and Jay. Another exciting collaboration, the song showcases the different strands of Cape Town's hip-hop scene over a club-ready trap instrumental.

In both songs, Rouge holds her own and proves she's one of the best out in South Africa at the moment.

Rouge released her debut album The New Era Sessions in 2017 and has been releasing singles since then, most of them collaborative. She has released singles featuring the likes of AKA, Amanda Black, Dabone, Emtee and several others.

Stream Rouge's two new singles "Popular Remix" and "Gear Box" on Apple Music and Spotify. Read more of our coverage of Rouge here.

Rouge - Popular Remix (Official Audio) 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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