Perhaps the Ghanaian rap music has never been on his most deadly as it has been in recent times, although a large part of the music lovers still think there was much better rap talents in the past generation than in currently.
More than ten years ago in a pre-dominantly twi-based rap circus, some of the legends of the genre took their first ova after grand papa Reggie Rockstone had set the pace. In fact, there were a few split colonies with many lovers of rap music split over the choice of their favorite artist.
So many debates were provoked when the question came up …Who is the best Rapper? A fairly simple question on the outside yet so difficult to answer really given unique strengths and versatility of the large fore-fronters of rap in that age … the suffering of grand papa himself, Obrafour, Lord Kenya, Okyeame Kwame, among many others.
And even though their work was usually on Western fused modern Highlife rhythms, they always ensured there was always something to sigh or scream about…Always! Fast-forward to today’s generation of wild cats, conventional hip hop rhythms and through and rap music.
Perhaps, it is too early to say that most of these azonto-fused rhythms is one more conventional Hip Hop, or some of our favorite hitbangers is exactly through and through rap music, but it’s not just for nothing that these rappers assert themselves as ambassadors of Hip Hop music; It is also not just cheap talk as the genre has finally found a faculty in Ghanaian music, have been recognized by the musicians Union of Ghana.
Of course, should be given credit for Hammer’s last 2 projects pioneered by the likes of Obrafour, Tinny and Kwao Kesse and the new school revolution believed to be led by Sakodie and R2Beez, Asem, Edem, let me add in no particular order.
The former group still maintains an enormous popularity within the current era, but the same cannot be said of the latter, in my opinion. Realistic, R2Beez has lost the right to be called a clean rap group, Asem has lost a bit of luster, Edem really been not on ‘ Ayigbe Edem ‘ standard, if you ever heard his debut album. At least said about Sakodie, a time is considered by many Ghanaians to be heir to Nigeria’s MI, the better.
But really the young generation looked every bit the real deal, pushes the veterans to the edge of the cliff from the beginning with the amazing creativity, hunger and unreal talent. They really had it going for them on time.
Asems Gimme battles was or is probably the best Hip Hop song ever and his ability to combine the English language, pidgin and his native twi with such finesse, without sacrificing his firepower punch lines and rhythmic flow was the world’s remote. But the world’s remote is perhaps the only phrase that best describes the man called the fastest one, Sakodie. A complete genius on the beats, this rapper could do a instrumentation sweat, literally. He might try it all; fast or slow, deliberate or party music and even give bonus freestyles as birthday gifts or a tongue-twist to test your hearing skills. Creativity must have been bound to his voice box.
Another was R2Beez, arguably the strongest Hip Hop group to hit mark mainstream, supplement their penchant for hits with a thirst for strong pillars and several street anthems. Emperor of scheme Volta, Edem took Hip Hop to a different level basically on his maiden speech collection, probably the fixing of the pillars of the most Western ways than other hit maker ever in Ghanaian music history. He had a way of bringing poetry to the Club.
Not surprisingly placed these artistes back to vitality in Music Awards. Many still regard the year 2009, as the best ever year of Ghana Music Awards, not only honors but performances also. A lot of these credits will be out by next generation rap soldiers as they had come to be known.
But these men have lost the lustre that once characterized them. None of the Sakodies newer stations have rivaled any of his previous masterpieces, and it is a fact. ASEM, albeit after his fallout with his old employers not been at his usual best either. Although Edem doing relatively well, there is still a belief that a a pinch of flavor is lost in his new creations. Maybe R2Beez can be spared as they do much better in other genres outside of Hip Hop-the drawer hardly when they come back to their routes also take the single Ajiee for example.
Other cats has stepped up to be counted in all truth in recent times also like Dee money, yaw Siki, D-black, EL, bo Shen, Bra Kevin Beats, Guru, J-Town and to my disgust Trigmatic-the versatile singer who stole his path into theatre rap in my opinion. I still consider it an insult that he won a GMA best Rapper award ahead of other relatively more trustworthy, dedicated rap artistes.
It is a cross on the shoulders of these ‘ messiasser ‘ of Hip Hip to ensure that Rap music remains on the minds of Ghanaian music lovers, that our ‘ perversed ‘ music fans can switch to other alternatives, Nigerian music is most likely, and condemn the genre in a field of ridiculous. The list mentioned above, there is every reason to believe there is enough rap talent to rip up roofs with strong bars.
However, there is a problem as these cats struggle to mix good commercial music with entertaining, potent punch lines. Most of the time it is either one or the other and occasional decent mixture of both falling just below the mark would assemble the tape off a banger. Listeners also deplore the inconsistency rather–often in delivery, the ambition of these rap artistes, naivety of certain lyrics, weaknesses of certain verses and for the umpteenth time, levels of profanity in the lyrics.
Perhaps EL can mix his new taste of humor with his old firepower, The Theme quota in particular can give up profanity to inspire others, D-Black will keep consistency, Dee Money will remember basic in rap and all of them can get back to producing good, clean, strong pillars to match exciting new concepts, rhythm and music theme.
EL seems to have found the right recipe to make hits, Bra Kevin seems never to forget what real rap is all about Dee money, Guru and bo Jay know what starts the party and clearly yaw Siki leads with delivery.
All have an element that can take them to the zenith of the genre, and the fact remains that the throne is there for the taking. Maybe these naturally talented rappers to learn traits of trade from other explanations of Ghanaian music.
If you want to be seen as an icon of Ghanaian rap, is the balance between hit paper production and potent supplies most crucial. There are then those traits you adopt from legends, Reggie Rockstone vision, ambition of Osibisa, the focus of Kojo Antwi and consistency of Obrafour.
Until then, wait for the prophecy to be fulfilled … my bet is on yaw Siki which are yours?