Loyalty (Deluxe Edition)
Five years after his previous LP, D-Black returned in 2021 with the highly collaborative album Loyalty, bolstered by a slew of collaborators hailing from Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. For the deluxe version, D-Black (Desmond Kwesi Blackmore) drops the skits and three songs from the initial 2021 release to make way for six new songs. While Afrobeats, hip-hop, and highlife are D-Black’s main bases, it’s the inclusion of amapiano elements that ties the project together. Traces of the South African genre can be heard on songs such as “Sheege,” “Give Dem” (featuring South African amapiano queen Kamo Mphela), “Big Fish,” “B3 Gye,” and the amapiano-Afrobeats hybrid “Enjoyment Minister,” featuring Stonebwoy and Quamina Mp. The deluxe version also features his 2020 single “Ajei,” which brings together ATL rapper O.T. Genasis with Ghanaian Afrobeats duo DopeNation.