A HOPEFUL PHASE FOR GH HIP HOP – THE CASE STUDY OF ABENA ROCKSTAR
In a male dominated genre like Hip Hop in Ghana, few females have truly emerged and stumped their essence with time. Like the firefly most of them do not last the dawn of the day.
In 2014, Tema based music producer Mix Masta Garzy tried unearthing some young female rappers with his Gh Female Cypher which brought eight female rappers namely Abena, Esbee, Porsche, Eyirap, X Cot, Mila, Scrach and Eno.
Currently, statistics have shown how most Ghanaians are inclined to Afropop and Dancehall genres but notwithstanding that this genre has brought much excitement in terms of competition with the recent impasse of Manifest and Sarkodie.
Undoubtedly, the MAFIA EP (May All Fear inside Abort) is one of my favorite hip hop work so far this year. Abena’s hard, blunt punches reminds me of Remy Ma with scorching wits of words metamorphosing into meaningful bars.
It makes the EP a well-researched piece of work. Abena didn’t ‘dump’ on us as most upcoming and well-known rappers have tune that lane. Abena Rockstar released this work on the day Christians all over the world were celebrating the death of Christ. This clearly shows there is an inevitable hope and victory after this EP for the hip hop in Ghana.
The first song on the EP ‘Berra’, which opens the window to the work. She affirms her persona as a rapper who shouldn’t be compared to any other. One striking line in this song she affirms her supremacy to both sexes. Hip hop is a culture that revolves around bragging rights which strongly exhibited in this song.
Skin Pain, my favorite joint on the EP paints a well vivid picture of an artiste battling conformity, hypocrisy of a female rapper walking on a path less travelled in Ghana but Abena gives assurance to herself of maintaining her composure till the end of her reign.
Wildlife features JBoc, this song recounts the story of a young girl’s struggle from the age of 16 for survival by taking conscious mistakes to have all the fun of life, she terms it as ‘wild life’ but JBoc gives a male version of someone living a wild life.
It’s Over Me, The title of the song reminds me of Ghana Black Stars goal keeper Razak Braimah who somewhere last year busted out in anger on social media for people criticizing him, he notably used the phrase it’s over me. This song is the comic relief work on the project. Abena brings to mind some easily related subjects as she praises her lover in a phone conservation.
Hypocrites and Cowards, with stories pertaining to hypocrisy and cowardice dates back to Adam. She gives a strong warning to people who are working around the clock to stop her progress to stop coming for a feast. In this song she makes known that these people are closer to her like family.
My Level, The slow tempo song brings more relaxation to the mind when listening to it. She gives a vivid description of who and what she stands for. Abena then start to compare the traits of those who claim to be on top of the game to hers, comparing herself to be the “Jesus” and enemies Judas.
I highly recommend this EP to any music lover, Abena Rockstar is the new anthem. Below is a link to download MAFIA ( DOWNLOAD MAFIA EP HERE)
Article by Nana Antwi Boasiako