THE CUTS: EP 03 Vol. 20

THE CUTS is a short review of songs, videos or albums that we think you need to hear or watch. The music is not genre and/or region specific. Once it is good, it will be covered here. THE CUTS is available each FRIDAY


Laura Lora – Rebel

One of the best things about music or being an artist is, you can speak your peace and your words would connect with others. Laura Lora’s ‘Rebel’ is her cathartic session-she is airing out her frustrations about getting misunderstood. ‘Y3 fr3 me rebel/they ain’t never seen nothing like me/ so they get the bible/ all they wanna do is pray for’, she sings on the synths and piano stub hook. The sentiments expressed on the hook reveals how every sort of rebellion against a system is misconstrued as work of the devil.

At 22 years, Laura is at that point in life where she needs no distractions, especially from those who find her ways unconventional (‘humble, traditional bullshit and nonsense pissing my ears’). The challenges of adulthood aside, Laura contends with identity crisis in the second verse: ‘not African enough, not American enough, never woman enough, goddam who made these laws’, she wonders. Basking in a low tempo, dull glow, Laura’s voice float atop the beat. She sounds fearless; like one who is fed up with the stereotypical construct of society. She wants to be free. She indeed sounds like a rebel.

Jon Foli – Late Night (Her Last Note)

Jon Foli’s music is message driven-whether it’s about love or social issues-he clothes them in stories. Off his new EP, ‘’Tear Stains on Blue Satin’ comes ‘’Late Night’’ (Her Last Note), a song inspired by the sad demise of a university student through an alleged suicide. Jon Foli raps about how the weight of expectations from parents affect their beloved kids negatively, leading to some taking, sometimes bad decisions. ‘’On Late Night’’, he intimates how his love for his parents and readiness to make them proud. But, their absence from home and lack of personal relationship between him and them keeps the distance of intimacy far off. This means they don’t get to see the pressure he’s reeling under. The song is his apology for taking away his life.

The 8 track album has songs like soulful ‘’Desires’’; a song about feeling unappreciated. ‘’Wash Away’’ has him musing about his crush over bass, kicks and heavy piano chords. One could see traces of J. Cole on this song. Jon Foli sings about the complications of human relationships where a simply call or text could resolve every strand of foolishness away on ‘Missed Calls’. On ‘If I Could’, he talks about how ego and pride could ruin something perfect. The increasing addiction to social media and how it’s taking over our lives is addressed on ‘Technology’. Closing the album is ‘Losing Interest’ featuring Dean. The two describe how they moved on after a breakup. TSOBS showcases the rapping and singing skills of Jon Foli and his love for storytelling and good content. Even though he doesn’t possess the voice of a god, his singing is good, something I enjoyed listening to. He should consider singing some more.

Zarion Uti feat PsychoYP –Aye

Hard work beget success. Doubters can’t get into your heard if you know what you want especially when your pursuit doesn’t fall within the crafts considered conventional. For Nigerian afro soul artist, he has one goal and that’s making it in music. Over a mellow trap beat, Zarion addresses those who doubted his ambitions and said he may ‘never fly around the globe’ or drive a nice car. The featured Psycho YP, like Zarion carries same mindset: ’just 19 but I’m tryana buy some land, Got to intervene cos they wanna change the plan’. His raps gave the song a bit of energy and balance. Aye is one of those songs that sucks you in from the beginning to end, thanks to its melody, catchy rhythms and relatable lyrics.

DanQuah – Selfish (Cover) Refix

DanQuah hands ‘Selfish’, the breakout hit of King Promise a new look by laying a rap verse to it. Maintaining the beat and the hook, DanQuah fills the song with raps about love. He celebrates the qualities of the girl in his life, like how she ‘builds a big barrier between you and your foes’, the fights and the amends, and how she isn’t swayed by the antics of other guys. DanQuah makes it clear in his raps that she is more like a best friend than a lover. A graduate of KNUST, DanQuah began rapping in Senior High School. After a break from making music, DanQuah has picked the mic again with this cover being his first release.

Azizz – Summer Time

The Chicago singer has a jam perfect for the summer season. ‘’Summer Time’’, as the song is titled, celebrates women across the world, especially the melanin possessing damsels over an afro beat sound tampered with a dancehall/Caribbean vibe. On the mid-tempo song, Aziz sings ‘your melanin girl, it got me stuck on you/can I have a taste of you? / You know I got sweet tooth’. Dancehall artist Jah Shanti pops up, dropping some Caribbean vibe to the tune. His musically toned voice is a necessary addition. It gave the song this positive effect. ‘Summer Time is the first single since the release of ‘Mood EP’. Interestingly, the song loops the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince classic ‘Summertime’ bop.


THE CUTS: EP 03 Vol. 19

THE CUTS is a short review of songs, videos or albums that we think you need to hear or watch. The music is not genre and/or region specific. Once it is good, it will be covered.

Poetra Asantewa – Hungry

‘Hungry’ examines the relationship between country/society (Ghana) and its citizens through the prism of Poetra. The poem highlights the raw deal the country hands its own populace: lack of protection of especially women, children and marginalized groups, absence of support systems for creatives, entrepreneurs. Poetra sums up her observations and experience in the opening lines of the poem: ‘I’m hungry for a love my country cannot afford/ I want a a love that would buffer me before my mistakes’.

This isn’t the first time the beloved poet had rendered a political commentary. In 2016, she released ‘Vote For Me’; a poem that threw light on the dust throwing antics of politicians ahead of elections.

‘Hungry’, the first self-produced poem by Poetra criticizes the culture of embracing and recognizing our own after they get celebrated by foreigners first. “A love that doesn’t wait for another suitor to sing praises of my genius before recognizing my work’ is what she hopes for. ”Hungry” is a criticism of the system, a call to fix it, the hypocrisy within it, all delivered in a mixed tone of pain and measured optimism.

Kayso – Abena

Whether the tag line is ‘This Be Kayso From Tema’ or ‘Ayee’ or ‘GroundUp Chale’ after a short laugh, Kayso has earned his stripes as the producer behind some of the biggest songs in the country. And one addition to his growing catalogue is ”Abena”.

Built around a highlife groove, “Abena” has Kayso doing his very best to win the heart of a lady. His vocals sound fresh and crisp. The production is spotlessly engrossing -the drums bang and the bass line grips. The live horns placement after the second verse offers tune a certain grace.

The Kayso on ”Abena” sounds very different from the one that was heard on ”Your Type No Dey” EP, released last year. If we are to deduce from his recent tweet about finally shaking off the bug of depression that afflicted him throughout last year, making him unable to produce songs, then we should expect a revitilized Kayso to deliver some amazing pieces of work this year.

Joey B feat Wanlov & Yaa Pono – Beautiful Boy

Joey B is rapping again. The slick, humor dripping lines that made him a household name is still present and showing on his latest ‘Beautiful Boy’. The song tackles the concept and meaning of ‘beauty. ‘First thing when I wake up/ I look in the mirror/oh God, is it me or/fine I fine so/dangerous’, Joey B raps over a Kuvie beat.

Wanlov and Yaa Pono advance this theme on their respective verses. Wanlov celebrates his nice eyebrows, tight six packs and his ‘caramel tone’ which his mirror screams in shock upon ‘seeing’ his image. Yaa Pono showcased the symptoms’ of being beautiful.

Is ‘Beautiful Boy’ an attempt to encourage good male grooming or it’s a case of flipping round the notion that only women revel in their own beauty? Could it also be about self-love? Whatever the case, this song would receive traction.

Zepora – Give Me Love

Zepora’s voice has graced some afro house/dance songs produced here in Ghana. Mention can be made of Kuvie’s ‘Deep’ and ‘Euphoria (off Gruvie). She again featured on ‘Thinking of You’ by DJ Kess. Now, she’s stepping into the light with her very first single.

The up-tempo reggae toned ‘Give Me Love’ with its adorable horn sections has Zepora preaching about coexistence and treating people with respect. ‘Judge no one cos Jah repays/and gives according to our deeds’, she sings.

The opening words on ‘Give Me Love’: ‘It’s been long since I’ve seen someone show love’ cast the song as a social and moral call than someone begging to be loved. Aside the wavy flow in her singing, the preachy message and the good reggae vibe, it’s her ad-libs that makes good impression. Get her song on

THE CUTS: EP 03 Vol. 18

THE CUTS is a short review of songs, videos or albums that we think you need to hear or watch. The music is not genre and/or region specific. Once it is good, it will be covered here. THE CUTS is available each FRIDAY

Yinka Oshodi feat Remy Baggins – Options

Synth Records artist, Yinka Oshodi continues to prove her talent with each single she releases. If you thought her last single “For You” was an excellent outing, then ‘Options’ would leave you amazed.

“Options” carries a trapsoul vibe, with Yinka threatening to walk from a toxic relationship since she has ‘some options’. Her words are unapologetically straight forward; like a woman who’s fed up. Her opening lyrics put things in perspective: ‘oh you think you bad cos you have that pink lips/ nice skin type/ all the girls be dying for’.

Remy Baggins, who doubles as the producer of ”Options” assuages her fears: the girl she suspect as his side chick is indeed a cousin. He goes on to assure her of his affection; praising her physique and qualities as well.

Yinka’s vocal work is reminiscent of SZA: smokey, sultry and forceful where necessary. ”Options” sounds like a song inspired by SZA and Travis Scott’s ‘Love Galore’. ‘Options’ reminds couples to confront, appreciate and workout whatever strains that a love relationship brings along. And the two artists – Yinka Oshodi and Remy Baggins enforces that on the song.

Mestar Oscar – Duku

Afrobeats/Afropop music has become a global staple. The acceptance has led to some plugging in other variants of the genre. Mestar Oscar, an afro EDM (Electronic Dance Music) act is one of the few people doing that. On his latest single, ‘Duku’, he teams up with EDM producer, Afrolektra to serve a tune that triggers movement of the body.

“Duku” is a love song – he’s requesting a girl to be his lover. The lyrics are easy to sing and the hook is catchy. Afrolektra allows the beat- it carries elements of drums, kologo guitar riffs, xylophone rhythms- to play on for most part, similar to what an EDM tune must sound. “Duku’s grooviness is what makes it a force.

Kwame Yesu – Matter

Kwame Yesu wants to be free. He has had enough from people who like poking their nose in his affairs- dictating his ways and criticizing him if he dismisses their views. These concerns are what he sums up on ‘Matter’, a druggy sounding, mid-tempo tune.

Kwame Yesu switches between English, pidgin, twi in his lyrics and sing-rap style in his delivery. Criticisms, if fair is very welcomed. But, if its delivered with bad faith, then it must be overlooked. And that’s what Kwame Yesu is muttering on ‘Matter”. After all, he has a dream: ‘to make my mama proud’, he discloses.

DredW feat AYAT, Magnom, Slim Drumz, CJ Biggerman – Abu Dhabi

Mention Abu Dhabi- the capital of the United Arab Emirates- and oil money comes to mind. That is what producer, DredW’s new single, “Abu Dhabi”- a metaphor for a rich lifestyle is. The beat is very trappy and the featured artists take turns to talk about their rich dreams. DredW is good with the features since their music styles are influenced by trap. CJ Biggerman delivers a standout verse on “Abu Dhabi”.

Raph Enzee – London Town (Cover)

”London Town” was an instant banger upon release by Mr. Eazi. The beat is speaker shattering and Giggs, the big voiced, London Grime act added his flavour to the song, giving it an irresistible aura.

Rapper Raph Enzee has jumped on the song, dropping a verse that has him boasting about his skills, depth of his pockets, sending out warnings to competitors. Adding a verse to the song is a strategic move considering how successful the record has been so far.

Rashaann – Pray For This

Rashaaan, a 22 year old hip hop artist from New York and currently based in Atlanta, is entreating rappers to stick to what inspired them to become rappers. Touching on the issue on “Pray For This”, he ask rappers to be grateful for their fans and ‘shake their hands’; stop demeaning their mums and women, and stay real in their lyrics.

‘Pray For This’ is a single from his recently released “No Previews” available on all streaming platforms.

VRSD feat LammyKate – Babies

In a world where exhibiting signs of vulnerability is misconstrued as weakness, ‘Babies’, a song by Nigerian act VRSD is timely. He encourages us to bask in our vulnerability and cry when necessary. Possessing a style that sits between rap/spoken word, “Babies”, produced by Sir Bastein, has a lo-fi hip hop character. LammyKate’s soulful hook advises against wearing ‘fake smiles’ and ‘crying sometimes’.


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Amaarae – Fluid


Amaarae lived up to her word. She has released her visual for ‘’Fluid’’ exactly a week after her interview with culartblog, in which she promised to drop the video the following week (Thursday 7th June). ‘’Fluid’’, a single off her highly impressive ‘’Passionfruit Summers’’ EP is the first video, off many others to be released by her. The video opens with Amaarae’s head floating in water, her yellow dyed hair complimenting the yellow sunflower petals floating next to her head.

For the entire duration of the video, we watch Amaarae’s facial expressions-dragging out her tongue, coy smiles, transfixed face- with occasional shots of her hands and legs. At the end of the video, she drowns herself into the bathtub she had been lying in all this while. The Fotombo shot video combines playfulness, attractive colour blends and basic aesthetics in creating a video that’s not only different- from the ‘norm’ –in terms of scope but carries a refreshing, alluring and inviting; leaving the watcher hitting the replay button few times more

Trip Nie feat Dadi & Xtacy – Used To Be

Trip Nie takes a trip (pun) down the memory lane; reminiscing over his past relationships and reflecting over his current situation on ‘Used To Be’. Over this hard hitting hip hop beat from KOTB, Trip Nie describes how he keeps ignoring the calls of his ex (who has a man). He goes further to detail the ‘good times’ with the ex before the derailment. Trip Nie discloses on the first few lines of the verse that ‘a young king has a queen now/ you had your cake and you ate it quick/you were the illest but now you make me sick’. The song is a tease piece to his ex- like you left but I’m having the best time of my life with my new girl. ‘’Used To Be’’ features Dadi & Xtacy who added a pint of soul to the hook and encapsulated the feeling of betrayal on the closing verse respectively. Trip Nie has been on the underrated list for a while. I feel like it’s his time for him to blow up.

YN The Afropikin feat Adraxx – Run Run

YN The Afropikin and Adraxx take a step into the realm of traditional afrobeat on their new collaborative effort ‘’Run Run’’, a song that highlights the importance of keeping hope alive and the need to not give up. ‘Everyday just be test, Everyday just dey stress me’ he sings, pointing out the need to run towards your ambitions. Immersed in heavy drum pattern, the slow burning tune is not made for a dancing listenership. Describing himself as an afro-fusionist, YN (Yaw Nnamdi) borrows from both his Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage in his songs. ‘Run Run’ features Adraxx, a producer whom YN had known from his University of Ghana days. The two met at the Mensah Sarbah Hall in 2012, and had maintained a close relationship since.

Speaking on how the song came about, Adraxx indicates in the accompanying mail: ‘’He heard it (the beat) and texted me and was like he wanted me to make something for him. This was a real test for me because it was going to be something totally different. I almost didn’t but he actually convinced me to. Since I don’t live in Accra, I wasn’t actually going to be there with him so I made him send me a couple of voice notes and I started playing around with my midi keyboard. I sent him the initial, we had a beautiful conversation around the music and some other stuff as well and this is what we created’’.

Banke – Mirror

Akindejoye Shalom Oluwabanke, known as Banke, is an upcoming singer, pianist, guitarist and flutist. A graduate of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University where she studied music, she brings out the various elements of her training and talent on her new song ‘’Mirror’’, a fusion of mid-tempo afropop and trap sentiments. ‘Mirror’ broaches the topic of personal contentment as the lyrics point out: ‘you can’t love someone else just because you like the way they look’.

Delivered in a story form, she takes advice from her mirror on the wall –similar to the Snow White tale: She flips the second verse, this time describing an encounter with a man and ending up taking in some of his ‘uncool’ behaviours along the way. What’s interesting with mirrors is the infusion of trap beat at the end of each verse; handing the tune a traditional and hip character. Banke’s soulful voice is as enticing as a singing voice should be. Produced by DuktorrSett ((Efe BBN’s resident producer), ”Mirror” is a strong outing by Banke.


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Temple – Chuck Norris


Temple may not be a household name within the mainstream rap scene, but he’s the rapper your favourite rapper wouldn’t dare step to. From style to rhymes to punchlines and wordplay, he has everything locked. His new “Chuck Norris Freestyle” put things in context. Straddling across myriad of subjects like their award winning “Acropolis” short documentary with Yaw P at Paris Film Festival, his identity, his ‘busy-ness’ and how rapping is his a real deal for him: “life on wax, to you ebi hobby/ industry man dem be brown pass bobby’. Temple further warns beef seekers to stay off his radar for their own safety with this cautionary line at the end of his verse: ‘you can’t turn an allele (ho’) to a spouse’. What needled Temple to drop this freestyle? Make a statement about his craft? A shot at a foe? Or is a new series he’s championing ahead of an album? Whatever the case may be, Temple choosing to name a freestyle like Chuck Norris is nothing short of explosive. The opening horns are both triumphant and battle sounding bellows.

Lil’ Shaker feat Ko-Jo Cue – Mama Yie

First, I didn’t expect this from the Pen & Paper, the duo that is Lil’ Shaker and Ko-Jo Cue. But, it makes sense. In an era where afro dance music is ruling the globe, these two had to say something. If you looking for rap lines on “Mama Yie”, then you’d be disappointed. Expect for some few rap lines, the beat driven song is for entertainment value. The video makes this point valid. As the description to the video notes, ‘this purely dance track which focuses on portraying Ghana’s colorful dance culture from various tribes. It also bridges the gap between the cultural dances and the recent Afrobeats dance craze.Kpanlogo meets Azonto. Damba meets Mr Eazi’s Akwaaba dance. Agbadza meets Shaku Shaku. What other dance can you see? Well, one sees the BlocBoy JB’s ‘Shoot’ dance moves in there. As usual, the video director Esianyo Kumodzi nailed this as well.

Fricky – Freestyle

Fricky doesn’t step to the mic frequently. But when he does, it’s always special. It’s an exhibition in lyricism, MCing and intelligent rhyme schemes and punchlines that usually goes over the heads of the uninitiated rap fan. On his latest freestyle joint for Lyrical Wars-a leading hiphop promotion outfit in Ghana, Fricky is heard meandering through a series of topics over Nas’ Affirmative Action beat: love (you can find me in your shordy’s DMS telling her I kinda like her) on the opening line; how his pen game is sicker than your average; and how he played seamlessly on the names of some players of Real Madrid. The recording was obviously done in a room just to give the freestyle an organic feel.

Ntelabi feat D.I. King – Motive

Ntelabi is one of the artist whose voice has the grip factor. It’s deep and his raps are not too layered with excessive rap elements. The lyrics are pointed; reflecting the thoughts of the man. ‘Motive’, his latest work doesn’t deviate from this style. Ntelabi talks about making it (prayer to make enough to feed my brethren/ oh master release these chains’). For the rap purist, the current style in vogue currently deviates from the ethos of rap hence him asking if nobody has heard any Skillions tracks (Skillions are one of legendary hiphop groups that existed in Ghana) considering all the hype about these ‘gibberish tracks’ making rounds. He pours his frustrations about politics and how social media narrows people’s world view. As D.I. King makes clear on the hook ‘I can’t lose my focus/ funny how they think they broke us/ they can’t change my motive’. If you want real rap talk, Ntelabi is one you need to listen.

Alorhson –On My Grind

As the title indicate, On My Grind runs on a trap beat and has Alorshon laying out what his ambitions are: grind from his current position to a better future or place. The 2 minutes, 42 seconds song is replete with anecdotes of life and its traps. In his view, the statement that hard work pays isn’t true since he’s still ‘waiting on my cheques’. Alorhson switches between pidgin, English and twi on this tune. ‘On My Grind’ is the single from his upcoming CODE (Chasing Our Dreams Everyday). Despite the song being his mission statement, it qualifies to be a code (pun intend) for everyone else.

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King Promise feat Mugeez, Sarkodie – CCTV

A brown wooden piano, a handful of choristers atop a trailer truck running through the streets of Nungua. King Promise plays the role of an organist and lead vocalist in the video for his new song ”CCTV”. The song has all the traits of a hit in the making: the soft vocals, melody, the mid-tempo feel and the message of hope is everything the Ghanaian listener would enjoy.

King Promise, joined by Mugeez and Sarkodie take turns in praising God for his continuous grace in their life. ‘We have a God who doesn’t blink or sleep. He watches over me like CCTV’, Mugeez exalts God on the hook. ‘

‘CCTV” is a gospel tune. The video features snapshots of everyday working people going about their business- be it trading, hawking, wielding iron gates. King Promise’s pen game and gift for melody are two of his strongest appeals. And these gifts are serving him well.

Vision DJ feat Dice Ailes, Kwesi Arthur & Medikal – Otedola Rmx

Vision DJ remixing Dice Ailes’ ”Otedola” doesn’t come as a surprise. My first introduction to the song was somewhere in March as i was listening to ‘Ryse N Shyne’ on YFM, where Vision DJ runs shotgun with MsNaa. Their comments about the song suggested it was going to earn rotation on the show.

The remix features two of the country’s recognized voices on the rap scene- Kwesi Arthur and Medikal. Whereas Dice Ailes is kept on hook duties, Kwesi Arthur wraps his verse in a sing-rap style. Medikal’s punchlines and wordplay heavy verse scores high, resulting in an appearance among twitter trending topics.

With Dice Ailes on the hook, Kwesi Arthur with the cool and Medikal with the show-off o, expect this jam to be in your ears for a while.

Joey B – Nsa

There’s something going on in Joey B’s orbit: he’s singing more and dropping visuals and audios at the same time. His highlife juices are flowing.

His latest ‘Nsa’ follows the blueprint of previous songs like ‘Sweetie Pie’. The video of ‘Nsa is an exciting watch. The story line is all familiar- a young man from the city visit his folks in the village and get enchanted by a beautiful lady.

There’s drama and humour in the video as well. Joey deserves praise for placing Obuoba J.A. Adofo and the City Boys Band’s hit ‘Nya Asem Hw3’ (Wait Till You Find Yourself in Trouble) as a soundtrack on ‘Nsa’. That’s how we keep these old highlife classics alive.

Yom feat TaraandBella – Serwa Akoto

When Yom released his spoken word piece, Serwaa Akoto exactly a year ago, he was addressing the issue of skin bleaching/toning. In his view, the black skin isn’t just beautiful, but a very luxurious pigment to have. Now, his visuals lives up to the beautiful composition of the audio.

Aesthetically transforming one of the old forts in Jamestown into ocean blue, the setting looks like a performance being witnessed by an audience. The opening drone shot of the video plus the various facial expressions adds to the splendour of the video. Yom, has not only created a simple yet creative video, he has offered video directors and artists a tip on how beautiful it is to shoot an outdoor video at night.

Eri Ife & Remy Baggins feat Bryan the Mensah – My City

There are lot of ways to ‘flex’ a girl- the money, the swag, the car and clothes. For both Eri and Remy, along with Bryan The Mensah, the city in which the live validate who they are.

On ‘My City’, an afro pop tune with minimal trappings, the three invite a girl to their city so they could show her around. Remy, the Lagosian is ready to show her places like Surulele. Eri, from Ibadan, on the other hand is ready to show her the ‘brown roads’ and ‘traffic’. Bryan The Mensah, gives props to Ghana as the centre of waves in Africa. The three acts seem to be in a bidding war for the heart of this lady.

Thanks to its smooth, groovy tone, ‘My City’, off the 5 track collaborative EP between Remy Baggins and Eri Ife’s YLLW.

Sofie – Crimson Sun

From the lyrics, ‘Crimson Sun’ sounds like a song inspired by culture shock and homesickness as depicted by lyrics as ‘young in the city and I’m feeling all alone’. Despite these feelings of uncertainty in what she refers to as a ‘crimson sun’, SOFIE’s is determined to pull through and earn her place through relationships with people from different persuasions- colour, looks and roots.

‘Crimson Sun’ blend elements of pop, folks and a bit of classical music and hip hop (yeah she rapped throughout the song). Within these chaos, SOFIE finds herself and run with the new flow from her evolution. The harp, the bassline and especially the rock guitar solo towards the end makes a beautiful listen.

THE CUTS: EP 03 Vol. 14

THE CUTS 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.


M.anifest feat Bayku and Yaa Pono – Don’t Follow Me

The artwork for this single put not only the theme of the song in perspective, but also, M.anifest’s overall mindset and actions: riding against what is the accepted norm. Since emerging on the scene a couple of years back, his style and demeanour bores no resemblance to what a typical ‘hip hop’ artist embodies.

On his latest offering, M.anifest taps the vocal expertise of Bayku and the lyrical artistry of Yaa Pono on ‘Don’t Follow Me’. The song itself is laced with wise thoughts about how life is fleeting with people caught in trap-situations that aren’t what they had hoped for: ‘’My 9 to 5 really not my vibe e dey vex me/Living in the bottle cause akpeteshie gets me/Making noise with the boys we dey watch la liga/ But my empty soul dying slow it’s got a fever’’.

On the second verse, he recounts a story of a cheating husband whose cheating ways cost him his woman but chose to stick in his ways: ”Lost the woman of his dreams to a lesser man/ Instead of growing Chuks chose the route of peter pan/ Now e dey tell all ein paddies”. Yaa Pono’s 6 bar verse displays his sense of humor and perspective in life.

Raph Enze feat Ayat – Pioto

The video for this anthem is finally out and like the energy felt in the song, the video Wilkings Avono directed video drips of that as well. There are a lot of moving scenes in this video, starting first with Raph Enze standing next to a vintage red and black 1988 BMW M5 and a lady counting money; to a shirtless Ayat in a red room and the boys out in the open jamming in front of what looks like a huge warehouse.

‘Pioto’, a cautionary song against reckless spending on women and other frivolousness. Raph Enzee advice that, young folks must rather invest their monies in ventures that would reward them with profits. In simpler terms: secure the bag and your future.

EL: Yaa Wor, ‘Pump Pump’, Plug

EL’s trifecta release last week is a trip through the interesting phases of his career thus far, sonically speaking. Take for instance the PeeOnTheBeat produced Yaa Wor (Go and Sleep) with its azonto feel is reminiscent of EL’s ‘Kaalu’ and ‘One Ghana’ years.

On ‘Pump Pump’, produced by B2, a smitten EL declares his resolve to wait on a girl he loves, over minimal afro-pop beat. ‘Pump Pump’ sounds like 20012 Something Else era Lomi. The last song on this list is the TeePhlow featured, trap heavy Plug which has the two acts chest thumping all through the song like something you’d find either on BAR 3 or BAR 4. This three-song release may come as a surprise for many and the intention of EL for this ‘treat’ isn’t clear. Perhaps, these are to prepare fans for his upcoming WAVs album.

Sister Deborah and Wanlov –Refuse, Reuse, Recycle

‘Refuse, reuse, recycle/try and ride your bicycle’; so goes the hook of this acoustic driven tune. Sister Deborah and Wanlov are preaching about the dangers of human activities on the environment. These two siblings have been vocal on the plastic menace that has become an albatross around the country’s neck and its varied effects on both plant and animal lives and its contribution towards aggravating the effects of climate change. Refuse, Reuse, Recycle with its simply and educative lyrics is a call to action by all.

$pacely feat Kwesi Arthur –Digits

Digits is a song about grinding for the money; an important reminder about one of life’s most important necessities. $pacely and Kwesi Arthur, over a trap heavy, bouncy beat conveyed this message the best way they could. The video is interesting in many aspects: it’s low budget; makes use of Jean Basquait styled graphics; and the director’s cut scenes. The video brims with energy and fan and features cameo by members of the LaMeme Gang.

Kinpee – Oseikrom Abrantie

For years, we’ve watched a number of rappers tale-tell what makes up a regular day of a youngin’ in Kumasi. While some come awfully presented, others come in a set of well crafted bars with the default Oseikrom language, Twi. Kinpee however, redefines this perfectly on Oseikrom Abrantie with a full set of bars riding heavy on a Tubhani Beatz. The Kinsanity storytelling rapper paints this picture right in English – the type that’d easily score high on a Fletcher test. He undoubtedly tags in the group that presents the Kumasi life in a set of well crafted bars.

Akym Aremu – Erin, Bad Man

The soothing endearments of ‘’Erin’’ transports you into a place of blissfulness. And unsurprisingly, the lyrics of the song-largely performed in Yoruba- has Akym Aremu telling a friend abut happiness. ”Erin” carries a beautiful melody which is accompanied by soft drums and guitar riffs buried within the lead instruments. For anyone accustomed to Hausa songs would readily identify a few arcs on ”Erin”.

”Bad Man” steers away from the melancholic ”Erin”. It’s up-tempo, Caribbean Island music vibes, with Akym Aremu swinging his playboy resume in the face of the tatas. What these two songs reflect are the versatility of this Okoko-Lagosian native, who isn’t afraid to fuse various musical elements together to create a sound that augment the message he wants to deliver on a song.