This year has been good. It has a breath of music that has had us jumping for joy in some instances, disappointed at a point and totally overwhelmed from tunes we expected little from. The year is in its second league and there is still room for more with a lookout for Sarkodie’s fourth studio album “Mary”, Efya’s debut “The Love Genesis” and the sequel to EL’s heavy hip-hop “B.A.R II”.
Aside all the fun fair and jamboree that we’ve seen this year in the industry, we’ve come to terms with the fact that we need more avenues to express and learn as newcomer Pappy Kojo has shown that with hard work and a few corny lines you can win the hearts and eventually take over their minds in the process.
Major acts have beefed up their games, picking bits and pieces from the Coles, Lamars, Wales and Drakes. The game has seen a few improvements as people tend to look out for more dope lines and punches than what we got last year.
This has made the race for the throne a keener competitionQ12 than it used to be as “King Without A Crown” and “All Black” state in plain terms EL’s outlook and perspectives when it comes to music and hip-hop for that matter. “New Guy” amidst the months on months of hype failed to live up to expectation and faded out in a matter of weeks along with the suite of controversy that came with it.
However, M.anifest “Forget Dem” and “Keep Shinning” brought people back to the fact that he wasn’t in the game for the jokes. He went hard on the high life inspired Kill Beatz production and didn’t leave any rope for his hanging by the critics on Coptic’s tune.
This also doesn’t take away the fact that month in and month out, MzVee has been growing in confidence and creativity as she has continually released tunes and collaborated with the most talked about acts of our time. Kaakie has not been to the party yet this year. With a vacant ultimate ‘Diva’ seat in the picture, Becca has taken to House music as Efya continues to dazzle in her ‘Neo-soul’ and eclectic brilliance. For the rest of the bunch, we don’t know where to place them.
Dancehall has switched roles and had Stonebwoy on top of the throne with little or no competition from any of the established houses. Shatta Wale revering in his rebellious glory and Samini dying to keep up the chase, Stonebwoy is well in the clear and the love is more than divine between him and the fan base.