The New Kumerica Wave (Asakaa) Should Not Be Dismissed

The ‘’Kumerican’’ wave or “Asakaa” is gradually sweeping across the hip hop landscape despite its rawness. We should allow it to run its course. A legacy of Pope Smoke, the American rapper who was murdered on February 19, 2020, during a home invasion was helping bring the drill sound to mainstream hip hop. The 21- year old Brooklyn native broke […]

Talking Verses: Obrafour ‘s “Pae Mu Ka” [Song]

“With the lyrics “Headline News N’aso Meny3 Fred Chidi”, Obrafour exhibited cleverness and a keen ear for the little details First off, to have your name dropped on a song is a big deal. This act validates your credibility. It points to the fact that you are doing something noteworthy. Name drops are mostly reserved for people of certain clout […]

Tribute: Nana Tuffour; A Voice That Would Be Missed

The most painful part of Nana Tufour’s passing is not much about the event- death is an inescapable trip. The ache comes from knowing we won’t be hearing any new songs from the highlife great. 1991. Chairman J.J. Rawlings was still the head of state of Ghana. Justice Philip Edward Archer was the Chief Justice of the country. The leadership […]

Tinny & Jay Q Beef: A Detailed Investigation

When music producers Hammer (Last 2) and Jay Q took their turn on #BehindDaHitz a couple of months back, one could distil the level of respect and profound conviviality between the two producers. The veteran producers shared backstories on some of the records they produced, the artists they worked with and how they came up in the game, together. On […]

Talking Verses: M3NSA on “Far Away”

“Sometimes I just need to be alone/Sometimes I just want to be in my own zone”. M3NSA croons on the short bridge connecting his rap verse to the hook of “Far Away”, the sixth song- and one of the instant standouts off Joey B’s recently released “Lava Feels”. Having listened to the song a couple of times, I’m still surprised […]

A New Wave of Artists Are Re-Awakening Live Performances In Ghana

A new generation of artists are re-awakening the art of live performances – and some of them are not even singers.  The death knell on live band music, a staple of Ghanaians of the 50s through to the late 70s, was the numerous military interregnums that engulfed the country, mostly in the 70s to the early 80s. For many observers […]

Talking Verses: Pappy Kojo Dazzling Verse on “All Black”

Black has been my favourite colour for as long as I remember. It has come to underline a basic philosophy of life that I hold. My love for black almost led to a rare disagreement between myself and my dad. I was about to enter the University. As it was, I had to get new clothes for school. Shopping money […]

My Beef With The ‘Golden Era Of Hiplife’ Tag

“The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is to inspire someone else to be creative.” If social studies ever succeeded in teaching us anything, it was the fact that it taught us the meaning of culture. The fact that it was dynamic, subjected to the changing times and bound by the feeling or the mode of the […]

Kofi Kinaata: A Gem From The West

Accolades, when showered on a young talented artist could either inspire them or weigh them down. The toll becomes even daunting when the praise comes from a revered voice in the same trade as the one you are pursuing. There is more pressure when that accolade comes from someone who also hails from the same region as the one they […]

ASEM Versus TEMA: A Detailed Investigation

If there is anything good that this Coronavirus induced global lockdown has contributed to the entertainment scene, it is the fact that it has made people creative. Rappers and DJs have found a way to spend time with their fans via social media. Instagram Live has become the concert hall where many go to have a good time. In the […]