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Stream Solange’s New Album, ‘A Seat at the Table’

Solange has released her new album, 'A Seat at the Table'

Earlier this week we learned Solange has a new album coming out on Friday. A Seat at the Table is officially here. You can listen to it below via Apple Music and Spotify.


Her follow-up to 2012’s True EP, the 21-track album features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Sampha, Blood Orange, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Q-Tip, the Dream, Kelly Rowland, Kelela, Sean Nicholas Savage and more.

It’s described as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.”

Accompanying the album, the singer and Saint Heron founder released a digital book of lyrics and photos taken by Barcelona-based photographer Carlota Guerrero. Guerrero also shot the album’s now-famous cover image of Solange and is credited with providing art direction on the project. The first 86 fans to sign up on a mysterious website that popped up last week received their own physical copy of the book.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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