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Premiere: The Very Best & Seye Ft. M1 of Dead Prez 'Tough Bond Theme'

Okayafrica premieres The Very Best and Seye's "Tough Bond Theme," featuring M1 of Dead Prez, off the 'Tough Bond' documentary soundtrack.


Back in 2013 we reported that The Very Best and Seye had built the original soundtrack to Kenyan glue-huffing documentary Tough Bond. With the film now officially available on iTunes, the frequent collaborators have released another track off the score, which Okayafrica premieres today. On the "Tough Bond Theme" M1 of Dead Prez guests over a raw, synth-driven beat. TVB's Johan Hugo's production complements a vivid retelling of the stark realities faced by many of the individuals featured in the Village Beat doc.

In support of Tough Bond's recent digital release, the filmmakers have plans to embark on a monthlong road tour throughout Kenya. Along the way they'll be holding free public screenings followed by Q&A sessions/community roundtables with the film's stars. Stream the "Tough Bond Theme" below and find out how to support the Tough Bond Kenya Tour here.

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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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