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7 Reasons Why STN EP By Strongman Is The Hottest Album Right Now!

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Finally, it’s here! Strongman’s highly anticipated EP “Still That Ni99a” is here.

The project delivers on its name and reminds us of why Strong Gee was signed to Sarkcess Music in the first place.

Over the course of a little over 20 minutes, he does a great job of reminding us he is Still That Ni99a, the rapid, quick fire dropping MCee we have all come to love.

But despite being a show of lyrical force, it is also a tribute to the realities of the struggle, the hope of success and a testimony that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.

The project features label mate Akwaboah along with the dynamic Kwesi Arthur, B4Bonah, Shaker, Worlasi and Sarkcess CEO Sarkodie. It is clear that he basically enlisted these artistes for the quality of their hooks, with Sarkodie being the notable exception.

The 7 song EP opens with “Vision” featuring Akwaboah. The soulful melody recounts Strongman’s struggles, the hate from haters and calls out those who doubted him. But at the same time he emphasizes his vision and aspirations for the rap game and shows his desire for greatness.

He employs complex rhymes and in rhymes that will put any poet to shame, with powerful allusions to Chinua Achebe and Ola Rotimi.  Akwaboah stresses the seriousness of the song with his characteristic voice, hitting the high notes and transforming a good rap song into an extraordinary delight for the ears.

Strongman raps about the struggle, poverty and crime and when he says “Oseikrom boy aa mete Nkran, joe matra be careful”, all I could think of was my friend Boakye Dankwah who left Krofrom with only the shirt on his back, but is now living large in another continent. It was easy to relate.

Just when you think he is about to relax, he comes back with a hard hitting verse, still with the same theme of struggle, hope and greatness on “My Vibe” ft. Kwesi Arthur. The Tema boy delivers a memorable chorus and a verse addressing haters and those who want to kill “his vibe”.

Even though Strongman raps that he is the best and doesn’t need equations to prove it, it is clear that the whole EP is about proving a point that he is the hottest rapper right now.

Strongman takes his game to a whole new level on “Still That Ni99a”, which is not surprising as that is the headline for the EP itself. It’s metaphor season on this one. He just went crazy, stacking metaphors while rhyming irregular words to a bass heavy beat, with a smooth flow.

This is the highlight of the EP: a solo effort filled with brags, punches and a reaffirmation that he is still that flashy, fast paced, proverb spitting, punch heavy lyricist. Yes, he is still that ni99a!

Sarkodie hops on the Monster Remix with enthusiasm, and unleashes the typical flow we have come to expect. He delivers a resounding endorsement for Strongman and Strong responds with a verse in equal measure. B4Bonah’s hook is a good listen on any day.

Keeping with the theme of hope and aspiration for riches, on “Paper” he enlists Shaker a.k.a king of hooks to deliver a smooth singing chorus to re-echo the struggle for the bread and better.

Anytime you feel down under the hustle, this song will lift you up. The beat with the easy going and laid back flow is sure to remind you of Sarkodie and JaySo’s “We no dey fear”.

“Dose” is a refreshing and upbeat tune to shake off the seriousness and sobriety of “Paper”. He has a lot of pointed bars for people who criticize his style and those who value so called “deep lines”. The sheer force and energy he brings is appropriate for this song and DJs will have a field day mixing it up.

The project ends on virtually the same theme it started, but with a very different note and tone. While he started in a mood of reflection on his life and how far he has come, weighing up success, failure and the larger pursuits of life, on “Paid My Dues” he enlists Worlasi and makes a definitive declaration that he is the best rapper alive with no contenders right now.

In fact, he starts with “paddy, cut the crap” and goes ahead to show why he deserves to dominate conversations about Ghana’s best rappers. It is a fitting outro for the project, and an overt statement that he is not a new rapper on the scene.

The whole project is also peppered with many shots at You-know-who, with the last song having the most lyrical attacks and shade.

Overall, this EP is an excellent listen. “NaaSei” puts in a lot of effort and leans heavily on his own style but he is plagued by the conscious effort to infuse more word play and experiment with other styles. Strongman may have a bigger audience, a larger fan base and access to better production than when he started (and definitely a lot richer) but he is Still That Ni99a! A Ni99a blazing his own trail. This VGMA’s rap and hip hop categories will be interesting.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gh/album/stn-still-that-ni99a/1444818036?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

AfTown: https://aftown.com/listing/2963/stn-ep—strongman-%28digital-album%29

[Written By Daasebrε – daasebregold@gmail.com]

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Stonebwoy Is Very Simple & Full Of Wisdom – OV

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Winner of MTN Hitmaker Season 7 and new BHIM Nation signee, Okailey Verse, has said that her mentor, Stonebwoy is every honest, upfront and a very simple guy.

“It’s fun working with this man [Stonebwoy]… he is down to earth, I have never met anybody like him before, he will let you know this is what you should do and this is what you should not do, he will tell you the truth, he will be honest with you, he is raw like that, he is very plain,” she said in an interview on Accra-based Hitz FM.

OV noted that Stonebwoy has a lot of wisdom and knowledge when it comes to music and that she’ll be ready to be lectured by him.

And if in anyway Stonebwoy scolds her, she’ll not take it to heart because she knows he simply want her good.

“He is a big person, he is very knowledgeable and so if he tells me stuffs like that, I will really need to learn hard. I remember I was doing a particular song with him, it wasn’t ‘Want Me’ but a particular song and I remember my verse, I got a few melodies I had to fix certain lyrics in it and he was like, ‘what you said here, does it make sense …?”

The reigning “ruler of the mic” added that she believes she is good enough hence the opportunity to work with Stonebwoy’s record label, Burnington Music Group (BMG) and that if Stonebwoy should scold her, that means she has to work extra hard.

“If he tells me that I’m not good enough, it means I have to work hard because if I’m with him, I don’t think he will pick somebody who is not good enough…if he tells me that, it means I need to work hard. (or I might be sleeping),” she said.

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I’ll Be A Hypocrite If I Should Go To Willi Roi’s Funeral’ – Stonebwoy

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Ghanaian Dancehall icon, Stonebwoy born Livingstone Etse Satekla has said that he’ll look like a hypocrite if he attends the funeral of late Willi Roi.

When Willi Roi was alive, the duo never agreed. Willi is someone who always paint Stonebwoy black.

Willi has called the BHIM Nation CEO names; some are that he’s rude, a dull-witted person who can never be smart among other unprintable names.

Well, after his death, some BHIM nation fans were happy to some extent.

As it stands, Stonebwoy in an interview with Zionfelixwas asked about how he felt when he heard about the news of Willi Roi’s death.

He answered that he didn’t first believe when he saw the headlines on one of the popular blogs.

However, it was proved that indeed, he’s dead.

Zionfelix went on to ask Stonebwoy that would he in anyway attend Willi’s funeral?

The Baafira hitmaker responded that he wouldn’t mind going, if he’s around and have the time, he’ll pass through to show love.

However, even so, he’ll look like a hypocrite.

Because even if Willi was alive and threw a party, he believes that he (Stonebwoy), won’t be invited.

So why should he now go to his funeral?

Source Zionfelix.com

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Yaa Jackson Signs To Red Star Belgrade Star Richmond Boakye’s Record Label B Magic Empire

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Fast rising Ghanaian songstress and actress Yaa Konadu Jackson popularly known as Yaa Jackson has signed to B Magic Empire.

Although details of the contract is scanty, information available to NYDJLive, indicates the contract will see the new label handle the management, recording and promotion of the Tear Rubber hit maker.

Although a new label, B Magic Empire owned by Red Star Belgrade Star Richmond Boakye has some of the finest hands with enviable track record in the entertainment industry.

Having managed heavyweights in the music industry before, Ray Moni, manager of Richmond Boakye and country director of B Magic Empire is responsible for the day to day activities and assures fans of the budding artist to await more great music from the actress and musician.

[Credit: NYDJLive]

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Quamina MP not the sole owner of “Wiase Y3 D3”

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Musician Quamina MP is not the sole owner of his breakthrough song, “Ewisa Y3 D3”, according to report.

This comes after the singer revealed in a recent interview that he nearly sold the song to Medikal due to hunger.

“At a point, I didn’t have anything to eat and God willing, I grabbed something to eat. It felt nice and I realised how fun it is to live a comfortable life”, he told Class FM last Friday.

But one of his camp members claims he refused to credit a friend who wrote the song together with.

A Facebook post by Ranger Sneh sighted by Pulse.com.gh claims musician Yung C who was featured on the hit song wasn’t properly credited.

He added that Quamina MP is ‘greedy’ and that his fame won’t last.

He wrote (unedited): “Quamina MP You and somebody do song and God being soo good the song blow, you say you nearly sell the song like you alone do am, massa acknowledge your brother YC De-Gunz (Yung C) and stop being greedy, you alone wan carry the fame, remember say #Adonai, #Ayoo, #baafira and other hit hit songs come pass go, yourself the wiase y3 d3 song self go leave you the artiste, learn how to acknowledge your brother #YUNG_C cause you guys compose the song together two years ago before thinking of featuring Kwesi on it, the song is own by both, but if he leave give you to enjoy the glory, learn sense and acknowledge him too don’t be greedy.”

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