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Fake track-listing titled Ascension sent Jay-Z’s African fans into a frenzy on social media today.
Various news outlets were buzzing as a tentative musical project starring Jay-Z surfaced. Considering it’s April Fool’s Day many dismissed the tracklist as a joke. That is until the @ChartsAfrica seems to have some validity to the rumor. Sarkodie, Olamide, NastyC & Femi Kuti, all of which is Africa’s most popular music artist appeared on the track-listing.
Other artists to have rumored guest appearances are Rick Ross and H.E.R.
While no one from Roc Nation has acknowledged the existence of the artwork, African fans are having a good day of possibilities. The purported tracklist featuring 16 songs appears layered over an oil painting of the horizon assumed to be Africa.
NotJustOK has even gone as far as to report the exclusivity of the album will be hosted solely on TIDAL. An alleged statement accompanying the ‘rumored’ announcement by Jay-Z reads: “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.
Ascension: the act of rising or ascending especially: the act of moving to a higher or more powerful position.’
Sidenote: If this were true, I would not be surprised. It will be Jay’s introduction to Afrobeats after Beyonce’s dominance. But it will be an opportunity to create universal music out of America.
— ChartsAfrica? (@chartsafrica) April 1, 2021