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Yasiin Bey Slips Through Borders In This New Cape Town-Shot Video From A Tribe Called Red

Watch Yasiin Bey escape out of Cape Town, where he's been "unjustly detained," in the new music video for A Tribe Called Red's "R.E.D."

Yasiin Bey and Narcy star in "R.E.D.," a new music video for A Tribe Called Red's upcoming album We Are The Halluci Nation.


The Narcy-directed visuals tell the story of the emergence of the Halluci Nation, according to the band, and follow Bey as he escapes out of Cape Town, where he's been "unjustly detained."

It all closely mirrors Bey's own real life immigration problems.

You can also spot Yasiin's Dec. 99th collaborator Ferrari Sheppard driving the getaway car.

"The Halluci Nation has no barriers, it sees no borders and their operatives are everywhere," describes A Tribe Called Red. "Yasiin Bey is an ally of the Halluci Nation who has been unjustly detained in Cape Town, South Africa by the ALie-Nation. Narcy is one of the Guardians of the Halluci Nation and he has been given the job of helping to free Yasiin and lead him to the Halluci Nation territory. We Are Of Earth And Sky."

Director Narcy adds: "This time capsule and visual to R.E.D. is about one man finding himself, and reconnecting with Planet Earth. As an emissary of the Halluci Nation, I arrive to guide him back to himself, so he can find us again. It is the story of breaking ground, finding light and faith. It is about the power of our ancestors and the power of us. It is the beginning. The Callers of Names want us to forget, but we know where we are from. And we know where we are headed. For Kanata. For Africa. For Arabia."

Watch "R.E.D." above.

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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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