Young Fathers Announce New Album 'White Men Are Black Men Too' + Share 'Rain Or Shine'

Stream the lead single off Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers' new album 'White Men Are Black Men Too.'

Young Fathers have announced the follow-up to last year's Mercury Prize-winning, top album of the year choice Dead. The Scottish/Liberian/Nigerian trio's upcoming full-length, titled White Men Are Black Men Too, was written and recorded on the road throughout their 2014 world tour and finished at their studio in Edinburgh.

The 12-track album will look to further band members ‘G’ Hastings, Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus Bankole's distinct blend of apocalyptic pop — a combination of group vocals, heavy beats, rhymes and experimental rock edges. If you're wondering about the LP's provocative title, Alloysious explains in an impassioned press statement "We came at it from a different angle, a positive angle. it's got issues of race and so what? Why should alarm bells start ringing, even though in general conversations race, politics, sex and religion are always the subject matter? Why should it be discussed behind closed doors and never confronted head on? How do we help tackle one of the biggest hinderances in people's lives and the world... by not putting the question forward and not letting people debate positively or negatively about the statement?" You can read the full statement at The Guardian.

Stream Young Fathers' new single "Rain Or Shine" below, which is also available through the band's website. White Men Are Black Men Too is due April 7 on Big Dada, view the cover artwork and full tracklist below.

White Men Are Black Men Too

01 - Still Running

02 - Shame

03 - Feasting

04 - 27

05 - Rain Or Shine

06 - Sirens

07 - Old Rock n Roll

08 - Nest

09 - Liberated

10 - John Doe

11 - Dare Me

12 - Get Started

Young Fathers Tour Dates

Apr 09 Boston, MA - Great Scott

Apr 10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg

Apr 11 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle

Apr 12 Washington, VA - Rock N Roll Hotel

Apr 15 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell Stage)

Apr 16 New Orleans, LA - Republic

Apr 17 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds

Apr 21 Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

Apr 22 San Diego, CA - Casbah

Apr 24 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

Apr 25 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Apr 29 Portland, OR - Holocene

Apr 30 Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club

May 02 Seattle, WA - Neumos

May 06 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

May 07 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge

May 09 Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry

May 10 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

May 13 St. Louis, MO - Firebird

May 14 Nashville, TN - Exit In

May 16 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Fest

Apr 14 Raleigh, NC - Kings

Apr 18 Dallas, TX - Trees

Apr 19 Austin, TX - Parish

May 01 Victoria, BC - Distrikt

May 05 Boise, ID - Neurolux

May 08 Lincoln, NE - Vega


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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