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You Need to Stop and Watch Serious Klein's Epic Video for 'Voodoo Money'

An epic and stunning excursion into sin & forgiveness from the buzzing rapper.

Serious Klein is a Ghanaian-born self-described "art rapper" coming out of the German underground who's been making waves with his infectious blend of hip-hop, jazz and soul.

The artist is now releasing the new visual for his single, "Voodoo Money," a dark, hard-hitting track built on an ominous piano line and an inventive flip of Rich Boy's "Throw Some D's." The song was produced by Rascal, who's worked with Chance the Rapper.

Today we're premiering the music video for the strack, which was created by Serious Klein and HUSH & HYPE. The visual is an epic and stunning excursion into sin, forgiveness, and the decisions men make for money, women and power.


"'Voodoo Money' is about someone who's in the process of slowly going in the wrong direction," Serious Klein tells OkayAfrica via e-mail. "It's written from the perspective of some of the people that surround me, people I grew up with, and their decisions. Stuff that really affected me."

"The visuals are something you have to watch twice to understand, starting with the intro, followed by the parts that portray me in a very different way, reckless and cruel at the same time. Portraying money, women and power. Me getting baptized and being shaved serves as symbolism of losing something (sin) and us (me and the baptist) looking to the sky, seeking for the light. (God)"

Watch our premiere of the "Voodoo Money" video below and grab the single here. If you're in LA, you can catch Serious Klein live this Friday.

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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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