After weeks of anticipation, the two BBnZ Live rappers, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker finally drop the full album titled “Pen & Paper.” Fans of both rappers have been asking for an album, but the owl couldn’t have seen this joint all-rap album coming. Partly because Shaker had been singing a lot lately that the question “Ah Shaker dey rap?” is legit. The emcees finally come up with a 13-track solid project, which tackles diverse topics, such as politics in the music industry, ‘pressure’ to make big paydays from music, and a whole lot. The production on it will surely make enjoy the whole musical ride. Enjoy storytelling, lyricism, poetry, metaphors, punchlines, and what have you in a world of your own as “Pen & Paper” is put on repeat. The body of work features Kwesi Arthur, Magnom, KiDi, Kwabena Boham, and Ru. Production credits go to Vacs, BediDrumKits, Shaker, King Jamal, iPappi, and a lot more. Buy the full album here for 10 cedis only [bit.ly/2yxDbwP]
Written by Elikem Akpakpo Kwabla
Today, living in obscurity is as painful to some youths as a chronic headache. Some are very hungry for fame and can’t let go of their appetites of being called celebrities in the shortest possible time. This hunger for fame has landed most of our young people in messy and clumsy situations and some have lost the direction of their lives. One thing that is being crucified on the cross of this shaky desire among the youth is the losing of one’s dignity and the end of one’s genuineness. In the bid to become famous as soon as possible, there arises the need to go in for that which is a shortcut to fame. These shortcuts which our modern world or if I may say, the influence and impact of some aspects of western civilization particularly arts and lifestyles brought into the world and its various and distinct cultures in most cases are those things that our traditional societies and our moral doctrines stand against.
Before our present day, becoming a celebrity implies being that musician who sells millions of records, being that actor who hits the screens in award winning movies or being one who excels in standing for only and only good causes in society and among others. Some people become famous because of their natural talents. These people might be famous for singing, acting, or doing a particular discipline of sports. Natural beauty also leads to becoming a famous supermodel one day. People become famous for the good they do. We celebrate people for the good they do. Down the 14th century the word “celebrity” was used to describe rite and celebrations. Around the 17th and the 18th century referring to a thing as “celebrity” became the state of being famous or talked about. Accordingly, celebrity tend to mean “a person who has a high degree of recognition by the general population; a famous person from the 19th century. This implies one can be famous for the wrong reason and one can be famous for the right cause.
But following trends of the order of our new world, some young people have got the whole concept of becoming celebrities wrong. Becoming a celebrity in our country now has to do not with anything morally right and genuine. It is very simple! If you are a lady, merely exposing part or whole of your body [private] in photographs and tagging them “nude pictures” and sharing them on social media will lift you to the zone of celebrities. It will! Yes, you will then be celebrated and in some cases be referred to as a public figure; yes, a public figure. Becoming a celebrity (female) is just about flaunting the sexual parts of your body. This is very alarming, and aside how morally wayward it is making the individual, it undermines our very sense of dignity found in our culture; the respect accorded to womanhood.
And because the celebrity status is often associated with wealth, some young people particular men in their quest to be known as celebrities seek to find wealth in devious ways and a major and commonest way to go through it is through ritual money or what is known as “sakawa”. Some of these young boys do not actually seek the wealth but that state of being recognized by society. And since we are people who recognize those with wealth than the others, “sakawa” becomes that which they believe will render them that which they want; that recognition they want from society. Even merely posting a video of oneself being silly that later goes viral makes one to be a celebrity, so a lot of the youth are on social media sharing videos of themselves doing this silly thing or the other just to gain recognition. Are we not actually living in a crazy world? A world where you become a celebrated personality by doing those things that we formally and morally raise our eyebrows at?
So pervasive has becoming a celebrity become in our contemporary world that we think genuineness only thrives in the dark. We are chasing not our dreams but fame. And aside religious teachings on the standards of becoming a celebrity in our world today which are leading to doom, we are gradually loosing our dignity, essence and values. The world’s standard of becoming a celebrity is leading us into doom. Let us not pursue fame for fame’s sake, let us pursue our dreams. If by our hard work and fate, fame comes and we are known to be celebrities, great! But if we become famous without our good dreams we face the consequence of living a miserable life at the presence of the whole world like on a stage. I may be short of reasons but have fun thinking about fame or becoming a celebrity in this day and age. Asking if the standards of the world is actually on a path worth not taking a second look at.
A day after releasing the second video off “Pen & Paper” album, the BBnZ Live acts, Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have dropped the official tracklist. The 13-track rap album features “Odo” hitmaker KiDi, “Grind Day” crooner Kwesi Arthur, “My Baby” hitmaker Magnom, Cina Soul and Rumor, formerly of Skillions Records. The album is now up for pre-order here.
Check out the full tracklist with features and production credits from below:
1. Accra-Kumasi Rd. (Prod. By @prinxipappi)
2. Pen & Paper (Prod. By @lil_shaker)
3. Man Dey (Prod. By @vacsonit)
4. Uh Huh, Eh Heh (Prod. By @itskingjamal)
5. Pressure ft. @kidnamedru (Prod. By @itskingjamal)
6. High Me ft. Magnom (Prod. By @magnombeats)
7. Politics ft. Kwamena Boham (Prod. By @bedi_gh)
8. Up & Awake ft. @kwesiarthur_ (Prod. By @prinxipappi)
9. Me Ti Ate (Prod. By @k_wypa)
10. Just Know (Prod. By @prod.by.paq)
11. Things We Do 4 Love ft. @kidimusic (Prod. By @kojo_cue & @jaymera01)
12. Untitled (Prod. By @bedidrumkit)
13. Hmmmh ft. @cina_soul (Prod. By @jaymera01)
BBnZ Live acts Ko-Jo Cue and Shaker have joined efforts, talent, creativity and everything in between to produce a full body of work for Hip-Hop enthusiasts in Ghana and around the world. Shaker who has been singing a lot lately, making hits such as “M’adakraa”, and gaining the title King Hook was influenced by his label mate Ko-Jo Cue to take it back to the days of rapping. Together, the two rap beasts have manufactured a 12-track album, with the title “Pen & Paper.”
When they dropped the first single off the project, thus the track titled “Pen & Paper”, social media went wild, in reaction to the brilliance of the video, lyricism and delivery displayed on it. It even got wilder when fans realized they’re getting a full body of work from the artistes. Speaking in an interview on Pulse Chat, the Oseikrom president, Ko-Jo disclosed that the title was inspired by the fact that before writing a rap song, you have to write the bars down using pen and paper. The album features “Odo” hitmaker KiDi, “Grind Day” crooner Kwesi Arthur, “My Baby” hitmaker Magnom, and Rumor, formerly of Skillions Records.
The album is currently up for pre-order for 10 cedis on aftownmusic.com and will be available for purchase on Saturday, 21st October, 2017. On the same day, that’s Saturday night, there’ll be a concert to officially launch the album at Alliance Francaise. Last year, the “Lavender” hitmaker Ko-Jo Cue staged a private concert dubbed “Cue for President” which was massively successful. We expect this year’s to be better and a ‘lituation’ situation.
The creative artistes will perform for the first time songs on the album, plus other hit songs of theirs. Other guests which shall be performing include the artistes featured on the album mentioned above. Also performing are Cina Soul, Kuami Eugene, B4Bonah, Gemini, Dope Nation, and a lot more surprise artistes. The event starts at 7 pm, and the rate is an affordable 30 cedis and 15 cedis for Alliance Francaise students. Tickets will be sold at the gate.
So mark your calendar and gear up to be thrilled come Saturday with an intriguing experience. Remember to come with a friend.
To pre-order the album, click here
Ice Box announced his forthcoming project “Like a Star” on his social media platforms a couple of weeks ago and #LaS is the hashtag he has been using since. This project is set for release on 27th October. This is much expected because of his 2017 releases; “OvdaRoof” with Chief Kellz, “Is It Revenge… Best Served Cold EP”, “Free Smoke [B.O Mix]”, and a couple of features and performances on big platforms.
But before he drops the main project “Like a Star”, he’s decided to bless us with “Like a Star 0.9” to cool his audience because his last release was in May, and fans have starved too long for his art.
This is a 5-track EP and it features acts like Chief Kellz, Mr Jace, Kwesi Kevin and Jay Buzzles. Beats were produced by nORTHS, Trapgod and Southside. Apya mixed and mastered the project. All artworks were designed by Kweku Drew.
Follow Ice Box on his social media accounts to get all the updates on #LaS.
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Check out the cover art and tracklist below:
I was surprised upon realizing that this song now has a video. At the same time I had a big smile knowing that I’m going to be blessed watching it for the first time. The song that put Joe Mettle at the top, making him the 2017 VGMA Artiste of the Year. “Onwanwani” is a Holy spirit inspired song, and the video carries the message very well. A lady who happens to be troubled with sickness, and is in dire need of employment is overwhelmed with a heavy heart to a point where she pens a prayer letter to God. Upon finishing, a miraculous thing happens. The next time the lady comes home she finds at her door step an envelope. She opens it up to find out it’s a letter of employment and her medical laboratory results. Guess what the results were? The locations for the visuals were carefully chosen. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it and be blessed as well.
“Call me the new Osibisa”, raps Pope NST on his latest single “Abi U Barb.” Pope NST is an uprising musician who started rapping in 2011 when he was in senior high school. With his pure delivery and lyricism, he ended up being crowned as the first runner up at the 2014 edition of Solid FM Freestyle Saturday. Since then he has released songs like “Replay”, “No Turning Back”, just to mention a few.
On this new one Pope NST raps about his wishes, heart desires, and aspirations he craves for as a musician. Listen and enjoy the vibes! Abi U Barb!!
After a successful Ashaiman to the World concert, Stonebwoy is here with another banging track titled “Hero.” One thing I love about Stonebwoy’s tracks is that it’s always inspirational. He shares his wins and successes so well that you perceive yourself as a winner. That’s exactly what he does on the StreetBeat produced jam. I won’t be surprised if this song makes it to the charts.
If I’m to mention one song which has become very successful, I’d definitely mention “Odo” by KiDi. The Lynx Entertainment signed artiste has soared through the heights to become a well-known star, who’s steady stacking hits. He has taken a major step by featuring two of Africa’s great musicians on the remix of “Odo”. These African kings are Mayorkun and the “Fall” hitmaker, Davido. What else?
This is an interesting song, because 2 don’t have a thirty billion whilst one does. LOL.. Davido and Mayorkun’s new verses are interesting and a must listen. Beautiful piece!
Immediately I saw these two names on one song I needed no Baba Fakunle to tell me this song is going to be beautiful. The creatives lay this wonderful on a Richie produced beat. Adina and KiDi sing a duet about “Timeless Love”. Music at its best!