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Artist Playlist: Sarz

Having worked with the likes of Wizkid and Drake, Sarz is one of the biggest afrobeats producers out right now. Listen to his exclusive playlist for OkayAfrica.

Sarz is the man behind some of your favorite tracks.

He was the one who produced "Come Closer," the huge collaboration between Wizkid and Drake from Sounds From The Other Side, and has worked on countless hits for Starboy—"Sweet Love," "Jaiye Jaiye," "Beat of Life," "African Bad Girl," and "Sound It," to name a few.

He's also lent his production skills to several singles from many of afropop's biggest names, including 2face Idibia, M.I, Skales, eLDee, Banky W, and Niniola.

We caught up with the Nigerian super producer for our latest Artist Playlist, for which he decided to highlight the songs he wishes he'd produced.

Check out the new Artist Playlist: Sarz below and on our Spotify and Apple Music channels.

Collie Budz "I Got You"

Sarz: This song got me through the summer. Love it!

Skrillex & Rick Ross "Purple Lamborghini"

Sarz: If there's anyone in the world that I don't understand how he does it, it has to be Skrillex!

Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"

Sarz: This song makes me feel vulnerable lol.

Drake "Controlla"

Sarz: This smash sounds like something I would do and I wish I did it lol

Michael Jackson "Liberian Girl"

Sarz: This is just pure vibes. The beat?!?! Omg!

Wizkid "Shabba" ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz & French Montana

Sarz: This song tormented me even before it was out. It made me ask myself: "What are you doing with your life Sarz?!"

Shabba Ranks "Housecall" ft. Maxi Priest

Sarz: No words. I forget the world when this song is on.

D'banj "Oliver Twist"

Sarz: The production on this is brilliant! It's Don Jazzy again!

Dua Lipa "New Rules"

Sarz: I love this. I totally wish I did this.

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

Sarz: This is such a tune and also very creative.

Listen to Sarz' Artist Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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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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