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Solo Shares the Cover and Release Date for his Third Album, Drops New Single

Listen to a new song from Solo's upcoming album.

South African lyricist Solo is about to release his third studio album, C.Plenty.Dreams. The project will be out on September 20th.


The emcee recently shared the album's cover, which was shot by Austin Malema. To give his fans something to hold on to, the lyricist released a song from the project titled "Imali." As the title gives it away, thematically, the song is built around money and crime. Like many of Solo's songs, it's told in a narrative style.

C.Plenty.Dreams is the last installment of Solo's Dreams trilogy of albums. The first one Dreams.A.Plenty, released in 2014, was an album that introduced fans to a rare breed of emcee—one who can rap spheres around your favorites, and has commercial appeal, too. In 2016, he followed up with Dreams.B.Plenty, which showed growth and was a continuation of the story told on Dreams.A.Plenty.

For the last three years, the rapper took a break from the trilogy to release music with his band as Solo & BETR Gang.

Last month, Solo released the first single to C.Plenty.Dreams titled "Two by Two." The song was a celebration of his marriage to actress Dineo Moeketsi. Sonically, both songs show a shift on Solo's side, with both of them sounding quintessentially South African.

Listen to "Imali" below:

Solo - imali 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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