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Watch A Vivid Mini-Film On Recent Mercury Prize Winners Young Fathers

Young Fathers speak on their musical aspirations in the mini documentary series " Four to the Floor"


Young Fathers were recently featured on Channel 4's mini-documentary series Four to the Floor, who followed the group from a writing/recording session at their home base to an impromptu rooftop rehearsal. The episode, which originally aired in early October in the UK, is now streaming from production team Lemonade Money and director Jeremy ColeThe two previously worked together last year when Young Fathers provided the music for another mini-documentary of theirs on adolescence and belonging. Linking up once again, AlloysiousKayus and G speak on their aspirations to rise in the charts, but by their own rules. "Top 40 is something to aspire to because we have ambition and no one here wants to hide it," they state in the video, "If were Top 40 then that's how it should be... Why Top 40? Why not Top 10?... Number 1." It's fitting that the Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio recently received the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best record of 2014. Weightier topics discussed further on in the film are juxtaposed with narrator Tim Brinkhurst's lighthearted commentary throughout, such as Kayus once being voted the 22nd most eligible bachelor in Scotland. Watch Young Father's Four To The Floor mini-film below.

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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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