Evolution of Hip Hop And The DIY Acumen of Ghanaian Acts

Armed with DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit, hip hop artists in Ghana are finding ways beyond their talents to evolve with the times as they sell their creativity to the rest of the world In the aught of 1994, Reggie Rockstone and DJ Rab Bakari randomly met and together changed the face of Ghana music for the better. Reggie Rockstone, […]

Is Life Living Records the Most Influential Label of 2020?

2020 might have been a fucked up year, globally. The COVID-19 pandemic, which engulfed the world from the aught of January 2020 had left in its trail devastating consequences. The vermin has devoured almost everything on its path. The human casualties are in the millions, global economic gains have been eroded, jobs have been lost, and businesses have shut down. […]

A Look Back: Goodies Showed The Way

On the 27th of November, 2008, the Ghanaian music industry suffered a great jolt. On that fateful day, one of the most prominent names in the Ghanaian music business was sentenced to a 13- year prison term after being busted trying to traffic 80 pellets of cocaine to London. The music executive was, at that time, flying high. His moves […]

KiDi Is Our MVP of 2020, Thus Far.

2014. Alliance Francaise, Accra. That was where I witnessed KiDi’s performance for the first time. He wasn’t a headliner for the night. He was one of the upcoming acts granted some minutes of stage time to showcase his gifts to the audience. He performed John Legend’s love ballad “All of You”, putting his spin on the song. Though a good […]

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 […]