Monday, October 10, 2011

The Good Rhymes of Ghanaian M.anifest

M.anifest was born and raised in Accra but now resides in Minneapolis of all places. Much like fellow Ghanaian-by-way-of-the-U.S. rapper Blitz the Ambassador, M.anifest raps often about issues pertaining to his identity and his homeland of Ghana and the African continent.

Back in April, M.anifest released a video for the first single “Suffer” off his forthcoming sophomore LP, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America. Showcasing the rapper walking through the streets of Accra, M.anifest rhymes on the strengths that can be found out of ones' suffering. Backed by a simple, American soul beat courtesy of Rhymesayers producer Budo, the track borrows heavily from the sounds of stateside hip-hop. We dug the cross-culture mix immensely and thought that the track sounded similar to the playfully inspiring work from L.A. rapper Murs and 9th Wonder.

On his the second single, “Asa” from his forthcoming album, M.anifest pulls more from his African roots, rapping over beats reminiscent of classic Hiplife while recruiting Ghanian singer Efya, who won female vocalist of the year at the last Ghana Music Awards, for a guest spot.

Stream "Asa" via OkayAfrica HERE.

The new album is out now. Check back soon for a review via
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