M.anifest Second Album Review: Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America (2011)

M.anifest speaks in his native tongue a little in Track 1 and throughout the entire album he will say a little few words in Ghana language. What was interesting is the last song; Track 16 called SunSum Praye the entire song is rapped in M.anifest’s homeland language. Which involves a prayer. 

M.anifest raps about his own immigrant experiences throughout the album. On track 3 M.anifest raps, “Won’t stop till America knows your name”. He is referring to his hometown Ghana and his journey to America for education and the opportunity to make himself known as an international rapper from Ghana. On track 7, Motion Picture, M.anifest raps more in depth about how his brother convinced him to move to America to study. M.anifest got himself a passport but that did not exclude him from being considered an alien in America.  He also says that in America he was treated unfairly compared to how he would be treated in Ghana. But that he had an obligation in America to make money and send money to his family.

On track 15, Coming to America, M.anifest raps specifically about how his people from Ghana traveled to America on boats and planes some with no passes to make a journey to America. “Going, Going, Coming, Coming, what tomorrow holds nobody knows”. This track is mainly the only one on the entire album that discusses specifically how the people of Ghana traveled to America for opportunities even though they were considered aliens in that country compared to feeling comfortable in their own homeland.

M.anifest represents Africa culture and his hometown Ghana by using African drums and beats in the beginning and end of a majority of his tracks. I love when he uses the drums in his music it adds unique flavor to his music. Track 3, Fiyah, specifically shows his devotion to making the people of Ghana more confident. “Bringing that fire to cleanse… burning desire, to inspire the masses”. M.anifest wants to give the people of Ghana strength through his music. “Slaves to bosses” he makes it known that his people of Ghana have suffered but that his music should bring them to dance on their feet and clap in happiness.

M.anifest talks about a variety of social and political topics in this album. On track 2, 7, and 15. The artist raps about immigrant experiences of his own and of his people. As I discussed before he speaks about the difficulties of going to America as well as the mistreatment due to being an alien in that country. On track 3, M.anifest raps to the Ghana women telling them to stop looking for just love and kisses. M.anifest says that Ghana women should find their inner fire to take them higher.

M.anifest’s intended audience is his people back home in Ghana as well as fans around the world. There are a few tracks on the album that I would consider upbeat tracks that could possibly be played in a club.

On track 9, Kilimanjaro, M.anifest raps about chasing a goal in America. I am not too sure if the intended audience is about African Americans. But I can say that the intended audience is to those who are chasing the “overrated” American dream rather than making their own. “Everyone want a piece of the American pie but I’ll make mine”. This album was more of a tribute to the hardships and accomplishments of Ghana then an album talking about a specific audience.

In my opinion I believe that M.anifest’s first album Manifestations (2007) was a better album overall because it had more songs that were in reference to Ghana. Which made the album meaningful. However with this album M.anifest dropped a few lyrics here and there about his experience in Ghana and coming to America. There were only a few songs that specifically focused on the hardships of Ghanaian people, which I admired. Even though the album was not as informational as the first the beats, uses of African drums, commentary, and creativeness of the lyrics were catchy and I absolutely loved track 12! 

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