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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Zambian-born, Australian-based poet/rapper features guest appearances from such artists as Denzel Curry, Joey Bada$$, Angélique Kidjo, and Kojey Radical.
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  1. 100
    Scintillating and confident. ... This is music to bop to on the streets, to listen to in church with a big congregation, or to soak up alone in a room.
  2. Sep 21, 2022
    On As Above, So Below, just as on The Return, she makes music with incredible clarity of purpose and affirms a sense of interconnected self and heritage that makes her writing, arranging, sampling, and guest list all the more compelling. Sampa is soaring, and she’s not afraid to let everyone know.
  3. Mojo
    Sep 6, 2022
    Her uncompromising politics never come at the expense of the music. [Oct 2022, p.87]
  4. Sep 6, 2022
    The beautiful blends of genres and crisp production make ‘As Above, So Below’ an enthralling listen, and has Sampa raising the bar for herself once again.
  5. Sep 7, 2022
    ‘As Above, So Below’ feels more refined. It’s fair to say there’s no one else quite doing it like Sampa The Great right now.
  6. Sep 20, 2022
    Lyrically and stylistically our protagonist spreads her wings much further than before, making a statement of intent that confirms Sampa The Great is in this for the long haul. The sky really is the limit on this evidence.
  7. Sep 12, 2022
    On a technical level, these songs offer the best performances of Sampa’s career, but in terms of style and emotion, they fall short. Despite the homecoming mood, Sampa often sounds distant, her rhymes functional and indistinct.

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