Jesus is very MIGHTY!

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As soon as this song came on I knew I was going to love it.  “Mighty Jesus” by Ghanaian artists Edem, Jayso, & E.L. is a Christian hip hop/rap song. These artists are using their God-given talents to give thanks to the highest of highs. It’s very crazy how God works. Who would have known that this song would come up for me to review. This song is something that I definitely needed to hear during this time in my life. Every morning before I start my day I play music similar to this song.

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Spoken Word or Rap?

Iain Robinson a.k.a Ewokessay is a freestyle battle and Slam champion, Hip Hop activist, South African rapper, and a spoken word flavored Hip Hop activist. Ewokessay writes and recites rhymes, raps and poetry of a performative nature.  He considers this to be the core of his career. He has been a student of Hip Hop history and culture since he first learned to love Graffiti in early high school.  Since then he has been devoted to discovering how he can get to play my his part as a practitioner of Hip Hop arts. When it comes to his words you can tell that he tries study things that either interest or upset him.  The interesting things seem to be his inspiration. In his blog he states “Spoken Word is the combination of all of my inputs and outputs, some rhyming, some comic timing, some serious jiving and some straight shooting without the ducking and diving.”

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Team Dibi

Dibi is a hip hop lyricist from Port Elizabeth but resides in Johannesburg. He graduated from AFDA film school in 2015, and has directed two of his own music videos. His most successful song of the year is a song titled “Golide” which was in the Top 10 on Yfm’s Hot 99 Hip-Hop Chart.

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Willie-B Hopes to Reach the Souls of His Audience.

Panashe Wilbrod Pfunye, better known by his stage name Will-Broad is a 22 year old Zimbabwean rapper. He has just released his promo track to his debut single entitled Only Son. The song is a fusion of African Jazz and Hip Hop. From a young age, Will-Broad music has always played a major role in his life. He started writing r&b songs at the age of 12, but soon realized that his passion was more amplified when he focused on music that would preach about life lessons and the sharing of different stories that he saw different people experiencing. Will-Broad started his rap career years later as he was free-styling as a joke with a couple of his friends. In November 2016, he then met up with members of Afro Kreative music and Fashion Gang records where he recorded his first few tracks. At the time he was a “trap” rapper, but in early 2017, he was then guided at Enlisted International records, where Victor Mhonde better known Victor Enlisted encouraged him to focus on jazz based hip hop. Will-Broad is Known by the names Willie-B and Guest The Ghost in different parts of the country.

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N-jay.52 Has an Ocean Special

I had the pleasure of reviewing one of N-Jay.52 songs once again. Njabulo Skondo (born September 26, 1995), known as N-jay.52, is a South African rapper from Engcobo, Eastern Cape. N-jay.52 embarked on his musical career as a teenager releasing a mixtape that sparked the birth of 3rd Grave 1.0.2. In 2011 he released his first mixtape titled The Son of Victoria and the following year, he released a sequel of the project, The Son of Victoria:2.

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Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know

This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. You should definitely have heard one of these artists on the radio, or even while you’re out partying, but if not, be sure to listen and get to know a bit about each of them. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear which American hip-hop artists we think they should collaborate with.

Follow the artists we discussed on social media to keep up with their music, events, and more!
1. WizKid
Instagram: @WizKidAyo
Twitter: @WizKidAyo
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sounds-from-the-other-side/id1245549634?app=music
2. Davido
Instagram: @DavidoOfficial
Twitter: @iam_Davido
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/davido/id254654363

3. Tekno Miles
Instagram: @TeknoOfficial
Twitter: @AlhajiTekno
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ng/album/diana-single/1165390646

4. Korede Bello
Instagram: @KoredeBello
Twitter: @KoredeBello
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/korede-bello/833611554

5. Maleek Berry
Instagram: @MaleekBerry
Twitter: @MaleekBerry
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/last-daze-of-summer-ep/1158084658

This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. Continue reading “Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know”

Top 100 Hip Hop Blogs

img_6541We have been listed among the top 100 hip hop blogs by FeedSpot. Congratulations to everyone who works (or has worked) on this blog. We’re at #86, but we’re moving on up!

HHAP Episode 17: Abena Rockstar on Hip Hop and the Music Industry in Ghana

Abena Rockstar is a Ghanaian hip hop artist who is known for writing hard hitting, raw hip hop lyrics. She performs mostly in Twi, and is among a small group of female artists in Ghana who’s style focuses on strong hip hop lyricism. Many female artists in Ghana choose to enter into other genres, whether it be Hiplife or gospel music. The idea that women are not supposed to be hardcore hip hop lyricists is a perspective we see throughout hip hop globally.

In this interview, we sat down at a local restaurant near Abena’s home in Tema, outside of Accra and talked about a lot of different topics. Abena Rockstar discusses the visibility of women in Ghanaian hip hop, the pressure to sing instead of rap, ideas of how women should behave, and her views on the category of “female rapper”. She also talks about her views on Hiplife, her participation in the “Gh Female Rappers Cypher” project, and the music industry in Ghana.

In 2014, Abena Rockstar released the EP “Only Few Can Relate” and in 2017 she released the EP “MAFIA”. The songs featured in this podcast include the singles “I’m Ready”, “Abena”, and “Broke Nyass Brodas” is a commentary on male and female relationships. We have included links to her music, website, and social media profiles.

Abena Rockstar was among several artists featured in the “Gh Female Rappers Cypher”. Other artists featured on the project were Eno, Esbee, Porsche, EyiRap, Xcot, Mila, and Scrach. The track can be heard at http://youtu.be/ztRX0qbOU4I

Abena Rockstar’s website: http://abenarockstar.com
Twitter: @AbenaRockstar
Facebook: AbenaRockstar

Episode Playlist
:28 “Abena”
3:30 Episode intro
10:35 “Broke Nyass Brodas”
13:25 “I’m Ready”
16:17 Interview with Abena Rockstar
47:22 “Now u Know”

*This episode was produced and mixed by Howard University student @Yashua7Rashad

Abena Rockstar is a Ghanaian hip hop artist who is known for writing hard hitting, raw hip hop lyrics. She performs mostly in Twi, and is among a small group of female artists in Ghana who’s style focuses on strong hip hop lyricism. Many female artists in Ghana choose to enter into other genres, whether it be Hiplife or gospel music. The idea that women are not supposed to be hardcore hip hop lyricists is a perspective we see throughout hip hop globally.

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Chile Has A Great Story To Tell!

 

Chileshe Kasuba, widely known as Chile, is a Zambian rapper, singer, producer and sound engineer based in Ukraine. He was introduced to hip hop music through his cousins in the late 90’s and ever since then has the loved and practiced the art. Growing up on the Copperbelt region of Zambia, which is considered the HQ of hip hop in Zambia,Chile learned a handful of things about the art of music and hip hop in particular.

Chile’s sound is predominantly influenced by west coast rap, a touch of R&B/Pop and his love for house music also makes its way into some of his music. A recording artist since 2005, Chile has been recording music for a while, but just recently got into the production aspect of the art in 2013. After a move to Ukraine to further his studies he deemed it necessary to learn and acquire extensive knowledge in production and sound engineering. Ever since then he has been nominated for several awards in Ukraine and is currently signed to an indie label he co-owns called AZM.inc.

He hopes to one day share his stories, experiences, love and hope to the world through music. He wants to shine a light on Africa, a place he holds dear to his heart. I got the opportunity to listen to his single called Loud Silence. Loud Silence is a love story about deceit, hope and the painful truth. This song tells a story about how the love of his life walked out of his life one day. She made a promise that she would always come back but it didn’t turn out that way. He planned his entire life around this one person, but unfortunately nothing went as planned. I love songs that tell stories, I would listen to this when I was going through a heart-break to feel like I wasn’t going through my hard times alone. Chile is that one artist that many that have listened to his music say he does have a unique sound and the world should look out for him.

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