Born in Bakau in The Gambia in 1989, Jerreh Jallow, popularly called Jizzle D Lyrical Kiddo is a dancehall and rap artist. He majors in rap but occasionally sings dancehall. He sings in three West African languages namely Fula, Mandingo and Wolof. In his song Alagie he mixes English with one of the three languages mentioned before. Like bars like “She feeling the nigga mom muneh man ma koh deh joh lum buga / Hold up ma nigga mak yow bokunu level ma nigga / Am way up my nigga feeling so blessed no complaino ma nigga”. Continue reading “Jizzle D Lyrical Kiddo”
Say’hu is a Gambian American hip-hop recording artist from Charlotte, North Carolina. His music stresses the issues of capitalism, poverty, and war and is often loaded with witty metaphors and heart felt messages that everyone can relate to. With hip-hop being his musical root and most important source of inspiration, he says artist such as 2-pac, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Knaan & Fugees are key influences in his own pursuit of musical recognition. In his song “Summer Came Early” he talks about the corruption of his homeland and the truth about being truthful. “From the holy land where kings and queens reside / Politics and diamonds is the reason niggas die / The truth kills, being real is suicide.” He also represents his country by the way he dresses and with lines like “Pay some homage to the guru, out here reppin’ for the people /I do shit how I wanna, I ain’t looking for approval / This that black super hero, that African voodoo.” Continue reading “Young Fedora”
Sophia Byass is a rapper, dancehall singer, and songwriter from Gambia. She was born on March 26, 1993. She started music at a young age at a local church choir after graduating from senior secondary school. Her distinctive voice, captivating stage acts and vocal skills continue to earn her huge number of fans each time she takes to the stage. In her song her song Tell Me What she tackles the rap game. She hits you with quick bars and a lot of witty remarks some say she is the Gambian Nicki Minaj. In the first few seconds of the video she is shown sitting on a throne letting you know right away that she is the boss. Throughout the song there is hip hop feminism. She is wearing what she wants because she can cause like I said before she’s the boss. She men standing around her to reinforce that as well and she even has male backup singers. She has a line where she says “Checking another n!$$a a damn abomination” letting you know that she is not pressed over a person and doesn’t have time for that and you should not be either. Even in the chorus she says “Tell me what you want ima tell you what you need” she plays her rules and lets you know it and if you don’t agree she’s on to next. Which I think falls under the topic sexual identity because she knows who she is and what she wants. She is one of the few Gambian female artists who ventured into a virtually male dominated dancehall domain. Despite the stiff competition in the dancehall scene, she has managed to survive the heat and continues to conquer the country’s music scene. This has enabled her to become a household name in the country’s music industry in recent years.
The video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WlDY4PJ6no
In Retsam’s, real name Jerreh Badjie, song power of freedom he expresses that the people of Gambia should have the rights stated in their constitution. He also demands Jammeh must go. When Badjie made the song, President Yahya Jammeh (some would call him their Dictator) was ruling the country with an iron fist – imprisoning critics and political opponents. Continue reading “Power of Freedom”
In his song They Say he talks about his haters and how they can not hold him back. He talks about how no matter what they say that he will always do it his way. In the music video you can see places around Gambia and the people there as well. The video is shot in multiple locations. You can see it is shot at the beach, a spot on a bridge and a local town. His style in the music video is a mix of American style and his own culture. Same with the people around. He is seen wearing a dashiki sometimes and then back to the American style. The people in the video are wearing more American style clothing. For the jewelry he keeps it lowkey and is not flashing all he has like in American hip hop videos today. He even shows the local newspaper in the music video. Also in the video he talks about problems in the community and the government and talks about how he has to remain the same and play his part. He even had a little narrative to his video and he showed him being kidnapped and being force to switch who he is but remains strong and doesn’t give in. Overall the music video is good and the message in it is good as well. He blends his style with American hip hop and does it seamlessly. Here is the video.