The Cut bring to readers each week music or albums that the writer deem worth listening or having in your playlist. The music is not genre and/or regionally specific. Once it is good, it will be covered here.
JAYSO feat M.anifest – 3NYOM’NO
Paying homage to the pioneers like Obrafour, Reggie and Buk Bak for the ‘swag’ they invested in hip life (rap) is a worthy venture. And JaySO on his latest, which dropped today- his 4th single off his upcoming album featuring M.anifest- does that. 3nyom’No which translate as ‘the song’ bemoans how the rap game is losing its authenticity thanks to mass boarding of the rap train by artistes who are shallow in skills.
And the two didn’t hold back on addressing what are the ills besieging the genre ‘trends come and go every year I swear/you want prove? Azonto is dead… talk be cheap roff/ That be why every bra dey get moff/It used to be so hard to get a co-sign/ now it’s cheap to get props’, M.anifest highlights.
Trust JaySo to add a touch of gold to the track. I’m not talking about those G’MO signature beats or how he makes rapping look easy. The gold lies in the chopping up of some old classics from Akyeame, Obrafour, Reggie Rockstone is nostalgically brilliant.
KLU: ASOKOR YELLOW DISCO COLLECTION MIXTAPE
KLU aka KLU MONSTA decided to bring us bring to us full blown trap music on his Asorkor Yellow Disco Collection. One can safely say that, he and Dex Kwesi appear to be the only two rappers leading the ‘Trap Movement’.
Except three (3) tracks- Lie Nu, Wossappn’(with Joey B) and Goodnight, the rest of the songs on his 17 track album are trap influenced. One cannot speak on the idea to create a trap mixtape but KLU, who has a respectable buzz at the underground level, didn’t disappoint with his flow on the album-he was comfortable on the beats.
For non-trap music fans, AYDC may sound monotonous and boring to listen knowing you’d be hearing the same beats pattern. One cannot also place a finger on the style of KLU as tries to sound Drake-y on IYRTYAL (If You’re Reading This…mixtape) or Future with nasal, word swallowing experimentations. However, the bouncing beats are good for a weekend ‘turn ups’ or car rides.
Tracks like Lie Nu, Wosspappn’ and Goodnight sees the Adenta boy, KLU injecting a bit of ‘Ghana’ into the album courtesy those azonto beats which Ghanaians love to vibe with. The Asorkor Yellow Disco Collection features Dex Kwesi, Joey B and Kojo-Cue.
STARGO feat Lil’ Shaker, Gemini- EYE RED
STARGO sheds off his hip hop skin and jumps on the azonto train with his new single, Eye Red which features Lil’ Shaker (on the hook) and Gemini. Stargo got mainstream notice courtesy his verse on EL’s ‘Wash Away’ (B.A.R Mixtape).
This is not the first time Stargo has gone azonto as Super Glue, off his G.O.D EP reminds us of exploits. Eye Red produced by EL speaks about going for the ultimate in the rap game with Stargo reminding us of the phoniness in the business ‘they talkin’ bout money they never go dey blow/they talkin’ about level wey they never them go go/they talkin’ bout cars them never go hold’.
Moving, fun-filled and one to get Stargo some shine in the rap game is how Eye Red could be summed up. Judging by how the economy is set, being eye red (stepping it up) is definitely necessary.