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Yugen Blakrok’s Sophomore Album ‘Anima Mysterium’ Is Officially Here

Listen to Yugen Blakrok's 'Anima Mysterium' album.

You must have been living under a rock if you haven't been seeing the promo leading towards Yugen Blakrok's sophomore album, Anima Mysterium.

Right after announcing a deal with I.O.T Records, the South African rapper released two singles, "Carbon Form" and "Picture Box," that were both accompanied by stunning music videos.


The road leading to Anima Mysterium hasn't been a quiet one. What with the overwhelming media coverage Yugen received after her impressive verse on the Black Panther soundtrack last year.

Yugen Blakrok - Carbon Form (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Yugen has more people watching her now than she did when she released her debut album Return of the Astro-Goth in 2013. But listening to the new album, it's evident she didn't allow any of that pressure (if any) to dictate what music she made.

Anima Mysterium may be more dynamic than Return of the Astro-Goth sonically, and has more guests per song than her debut, but Yugen is still being herself. Guest features on Anima Mysterium include Historian Himself, Jak Tripper, Bravestarr, Fifi The RaiBlaster and Zetina Mosia.

YUGEN BLAKROK - PICTURE BOX (Official Video) www.youtube.com

The album was mostly produced by Kanif The Jhatmaster, but also features production from Joel and Seventh Galaxy. DJ cuts are provided by DJ Raiko, DJ KCL and DJ Koncept.

Listen to Anima Mysterium below and/or download it 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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