Sarkodie remains at his king delivery level and provides us with the blueprint to maintain relevance for over a decade.
Today, native music giant Tema Sarkodie released his long-awaited album ‘No Pressure’, consisting of fifteen records that keeps the two-steps on the dancefloor until his eighth track, ‘Fireworks’ with Wale (American rapper of Nigerian origin) and Moelogo (famous Nigerian singer-songwriter based in the UK); his unconditional and loyal fans are cheerful.
A year and a half has passed since his last album, “Black Love”, considered to be the “Twi infused Afrobeats” project which “celebrates[s] the beauty of the motherland ”, was released. We were all ready for something new. Whenever we hear new musical bodies, we choose our favorites and tend to change over time.
– Richardine Bartee (@THEYAMS) July 9, 2021
“Non Living Thing” with Oxlade from Nigeria, which Drake and countless others celebrated, is the only song on the album that touches me because of the song’s deep and poetic writing and vocals.
I see what Sarkodie meant when he said his collaboration with Oxlade is spiritual. It’s like he’s brought Sarkodie into his world, musically. He’s the one I’m the happiest on a personal level. All songs with singers are beautiful, but this one is different! #No pressure
– Richardine Bartee (@THEYAMS) July 30, 2021
Fittingly, “Round 2” starring Peckham living legend Giggs does a significant job of matching the production style of the previous record, and the reference to Cypress Hill was nice. Giggs has a way of threatening you, but with a cuddly delivery.
Then we return to Ghana with one of the flagship tracks of the album, “Coachella” with fellow Ghanaian artist, Kwesi Arthur. If you’ve listened to modern hip-hop from Ghana, you’ve heard the similarity of this production in other songs like Lasmid’s “Sika” with Deedpol and “They Don’t Know” by Asaaka’s Ghanaian star Kofi. Jamar. “Jaara” with the incredible Medikal, one of Ghana’s best rappers, mentions Asaaka and is probably the only track on the album to have as many Twis as he does, solely because of Medikal’s performance.
In ‘Married to the Game’, the record champion lets us know that he will rap until he is eighty if necessary. The South African Cassper Nyovest returns and begins his verse with the same idea that he will rap until his “baby got a baby”. They both say they don’t do this to be famous. It’s about change for them. As the beautifully produced piece unfolds, we continue to experience the God-level bars with clarity and effectiveness, showing us why they are where they are: two larger than life black / African young men winning. their lives and support their families by doing what they love and comes easily.
What follows, called “Anything”, discusses in detail the influence hunters, the people leading a double life and the inauthenticity that are the vestiges of such lifestyles.
The album slows down with the entry of ‘Fireworks’, and Moelogo’s vocals set the tone, making it a brilliant Hip-Hop / R & B track for commercial radio with a guest verse that shows he understands the demographics. listening to ‘No Pressure’ in general. “Whipped” with Ghanaian artist DarkoVibes is about love, finding your life partner and how refreshing it is to no longer be looking for “the one”.
If you want to experience a master’s mind and hear about his ten-year journey, today’s gift album “No Pressure” is a great place to start. The album is a vast dichotomy of punchy bars and moving records that showcase the softer, human side of the humble giant. Which almost makes the album a 50/50 split of the number of records that go into each description. It also features guest appearances by Benerl, Tanzanian star Harmonize and contemporary gospel artist MOGmusic.
Be sure to check out Rap Bob Marley’s upcoming interview this Sunday with South Africa’s LootLove on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio.