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Watch Stormzy Deliver a Cover of ‘Brown Skin Girl’

The rapper took to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to treat us to his take on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift hit.

The Gift just keeps on giving. On his recent visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, UK rapper Stormzy treated the audience to a cover of Beyoncé, Wizkid, Saint Jhn, and Blue Ivy's "Brown Skin Girl" from her recent album The Lion King: The Gift.

The song opens with Stormzy singing the chorus over a sole piano before a full band–complete with brass section–joins in while he raps an added verse to the track.


Stormzy kept up with the theme of the song with lyrics that nod to characters in The Lion King as well as words of affirmation and love to brown skin girls. He even pays homage to Beyoncé's own family with the closing line: "Young Jigga looking forward to my Blue/ Stay True."

Young Simba and his lioness
Young Simba got his mind fresh
This is for my unborn daughter
Man I'll never let you down.
On your head you wear a crown.

Stormzy is joined by rising singer Stalk Ashley who delivers a solid cover of the original over the energetic live band and harmonized backup vocals. Their rendition honors the intent of the original album. As Disney stated, it was a "love letter to Africa [that] highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives." Stormzy checks all those boxes, celebrates Queen Bey and still makes the track undeniably his.

Watch the live performances of "Brown Skin Girl" and his new single "Sounds of the Skeng" below.

Stormzy - Brown Skin Girl (Beyoncé cover) ft Stalk Ashley in the Live Lounge 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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