Sampa The Great is a Zambian Sidney-based poet, MC and singer-songwriter. Last year we introduced her with the mixtape titled Birds And The BEE9. Now she announced the release of her first full-length. The Return is out on September 13th via Ninja Tune. We already shared “OMG”; “Freedom” is a new excerpt.

“‘Freedom’ is about one of the most important talks you will ever have as an artist in this industry.” explains Sampa, “The balance of earning a living and expressing your artistry, and what you’re willing to compromise through it all. It’s a blessing being able to create and express yourself through the arts and an even greater blessing when that artistry can provide a livelihood for you, but it’s likely you’ll reach a point in your career where you’ll be given a choice to compromise your artistic expression. How much you’re willing to compromise is a conversation discussed in Freedom.” 

Listen below.

The album was mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker); productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes DarkoClever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down.