Marking sixteen years since his debut in the music industry, internationally renowned award-winning Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie has finally released his long-awaited project, “No Pressure”. This is his sixth studio album and has undeniably solidified his presence as one of, if not, the best rappers to have ever come from Africa. He said the reason he chose “No Pressure” as his title is because he works at his own pace and does not look at the pressure the fans put on him. He took his time to perfectly craft this body of work and for sure it was worth the wait.
ALBUM REVIEW AND DETAILS: NO PRESSURE BY SARKODIE.
Release date: 30/07/2021
Track length: 15 songs
Length: 52 minutes
Our Rating; 8/10
The album is packed with amazing features from critically acclaimed artists from all over the globe. Some familiar names include fellow rappers from South Africa, bongo superstar Harmonize, fellow Ghanaian artists Kwesi, Benerl, and Medikal, British rapper Giggs, American rappers Vic Mensa and Wale, Nigerian star Oxlade and MOGmusic who also has production credits.
The album starts off on a high note with the first song ‘Rollies and Cigars’ setting the tone for the album. In the Kayso produced track, Sarkodie fuses twi and English expressing his prowess and success while acknowledging his struggles to get this far. The title is a representation of the good life as Rolex watches and Cigars are generally showcased by successful people.
Altranova comes through with amazing horn sounds as Vic Mensa graces the hook on the second track Vibrations. The track focuses on the achievements he has achieved this far and is more of a celebratory track. Giggs goes off on the ‘Round 2’ track produced by Certified Bangerz. Sarkodie talks about his struggle coming up the scene and makes us aware he is not about to stop anytime soon. The instrumental gives a darkish vibe complementing both their flow and delivery.
Coachella (feat Kwesi Arthur) and Jaara(feat Medikal) switches up the mood of the album as he now diverges more towards his love life and experiences with women. The beats are more cheerful and Sarkodie effortlessly adapts to it.
Cassper Nyovest never fails to deliver on a track and does his thing on ‘Married ToThe Game’. Just as the title suggests, he focuses on showcasing his skills and experience gained over the years in the industry. ‘Anything’ is a more chilled and layback track with a distinct sample playing in the background.
Altranova once again delivers as Sarkodie goes on an introspective rant on his purpose for rapping and questions the motive of most artists in the industry who mainly do it for fame. Beatfreaks produced this heartbreak song as Wale opens up on Fireworks. The mood is somber as both rappers recap on their failed love attempts. Whipped is a more love-positive song as Sarkodie talks about his feelings and desires for his lover. Darkovibes compliments the song well with his gracious vocals on the chorus. ‘Don’t cry’ and ‘I Wanna Love You’ are still love-themed with harmonize coming through with the Swahili bongo vibes which surprisingly blend well with Sarkodie’s rapping.
The album comes to a close with a funky feel on ‘No fugazy’ and a reflection of his life on ‘Non-Living’ featuring Oxlade. Here Sarkodie gives us a chance to understand his journey in love since the start of his career and the losses he went through up to where he is today.
The final track featuring MOGmusic concludes the album in a serene way as a choir sings melodiously signifying the end. The track has a gospel mood to it, which emphasizes the ongoing love theme throughout the album with the chorus “whatever you need, whatever you want, just put it on me, I’ll be there for you.”
Overall the album is excellent and makes the wait worth it. I would give it a rating of 8/10 as Sarkodie chose the right features to go along with and the production was on point. The album is out now, on all music platforms, and available for streaming.