In this week’s program: Princess Nokia shares two albums, 2Baba 9th studio album, Brazilian rapper Emicida strikes back and more.
Everything is Beautiful / Everything Sucks
Princess Nokia has dropped two albums: Everything Sucks and Everything is Beautiful. The LPs are her first new releases since 2018’s A Girl Cried Red mixtape. Everything Is Beautiful features 12 tracks, including a collaboration with Terrace Martin. Everything Sucks is comprised of 10 tracks with production handled by Chris Lare.
I THINK I’M GOOD
Seattle-raised, Brooklyn-residing Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer, and drummer. He belongs to a rare class of musicians naturally fluent in both jazz performance and hip-hop production. I THINK I’M GOOD is a window into the real life of Overall. He’s confronting his experience with mental illness, which included a manic episode and subsequent hospitalisation when he was a student. Themes of incarceration and claustrophobia weave through the record, but never drown out the feeling of a fragile but vital hope.
Grey Skies Are Smoke screens (GAS)
Sizz The Truth
We still know very little about this Ghanaian artist, close to the American soundcloud rapper wave. GAS, his second project after The Whole Truth, leaves once again the mystery hanging over this underground rapper, whose music is clearly not in line with the current Ghanaian trend. On a hovering instrumental background that has nothing to envy to American beatmakers, his new 5-track EP is an aerial and vibrant ballad evoking the main elements in the life of an emerging artist in Accra: the motivation to succeed, friendships, girls and smoky parties. An artist to follow whose mantra can be summed up by the last track of the project: Be Yourself.