American rapper and Business mogul, Jay-Z, is set to release brand new album, ‘The Ascension’, targetted at the African market. ‘The Ascension’ album is inspired by Africa, which is also the root of the revered rap artiste.
The forthcoming compilation features top Nigerian artistes, Femi Kuti and Olamide; Ghanaian wordsmith, Sarkodie; South African rapper, Nasty C; and other international musicians like Beyoncé, Rick Ross and H.E.R.
Jay-Z says ‘The Ascension’ is his means of connecting to his motherland, Africa, while acknowledging that he is tapping into the continent that is filled with gifted musicians.
In his words; “I’ve always wanted to get in touch with my roots and connect to the motherland. You know, Africa is blessed with so much talent and I felt like it was time to tap into that resource. The Ascension is not just talking or focusing on Africa but it’s also about me giving back to the people, familiarizing with the culture and connecting more with the motherland.”
Recall, Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, made a similar move when she dropped her recent album, “Lion King: The Gift”. She featured Burna boy, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Shatta Wale, and Tekno.
See track list for ‘The Ascension’ album by Jay-Z below;