A multitude of catchy beats make up Afrikan Boy’s latest musical offering. Making his way up and being featured on Radio One frequently as well as making a guest appearance at M.I.A’s Glastonbury set this year, Afrikan Boy is making waves within the music scene.
I must admit I am not the biggest fan of rap music, however I found some great tracks on this album which worked on the existing rap genre to create something new and exciting.
‘Border Business’ is a great up-beat track, the backing vocals beautifully compliment the whole track giving it a laid back, Caribbean feel. Boy’s rapping is on point which helps create a memorable track amongst the offerings on the album.
Expanding the use of instruments, ‘Hit Em Up’s trumpet and bass beat add variation to the album and excite the ears – the perfect track to dance to. I would happily just listen to the brass section and beat without the vocals, it is that catchy by itself. The rapping is quick but not imposing and works great with its instrumental accompaniment, creating a varied and interesting track which works well and I believe to be one of the album’s stand-out tracks.
‘Clean Your Own’ (feat. Vicky Sola) continues the upbeat feel. Sola’s vocals are smooth and lift the track, her high vocal range is a great addition to the track. The beat carrying on throughout is punchy and carries the song along well through the use of different vocals of both Afrikan Boy and Sola. This is a great end track to the album, it rounds it off well and leaves the listener wanting to start the record again.
After being initially apprehensive due to my own music tastes I was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered and it shouldn’t be dismissed if rap isn’t your thing. The mix of catchy beats and strong rap which is complimented by guest artists creates an album of great variation showing that Afrikan Boy is one of the rising stars of rap.