Music is life and will always be and give life. One thing an artiste must bring to the table is his or her real life experiences and share with the world. From that point of view the flow and growth will be organic.
Ghana’s number one reviewing and rating platform and brand, 5micsGh.com presents a vivid documentary of what Kwesi Arthur, a hip hop recording artiste based in Tema in Ghana calls life in this review. We have our reporter Kwesi Arthur, Live from Nkrumah Krom. As an eyewitness and a victim of the harsh life circumstances and real life pressing demands of the streets.
Kwesi Arthur made this submission sometime last year on a 5-track extended play, which has sparked a never ending buzz for him as an artiste, his melodies, his story as the boy from the streets and the main project, LIVE FROM NKRUMAH KROM as well.
Digesting this documented piece from five different perspectives, we present to you our review of LIVE FROM NKRUMAH KROM, by Kwesi Arthur.
KWESI ARTHUR’S FOCUS ON THE VIRTUES
Our first featured article, ‘Your Talent Alone Is Not Enough‘ is all about creative people looking out for other details that may work in their favour to support their craft. The subject matter of the article is to encourage artistes to apply themselves and write their own rules. The game is changing and it is very important to know the opportunities available and how best to use them to your advantage. Yes, you are talented, but you need a plan to breakthrough.
Started off as a social media and online sensation, the buzz for the project, LIVE FROM NKRUMAH KROM has grown over time. The promotional and publicity methods that broke the project and the artiste over a short period of time was unique and marvelous.
The social media and online virtues worked for him and the project. There are a lot of rapper on the come up but not all of them keep it real with us with live feeds.
THE PRICE TO PAY
Nothing good comes easy. Always know the price to pay and factor in the opportunity cost. Know what to let go and know what to hold on to in most situations. You cannot eat your cake and have it obviously. But most importantly know what is at the end of the tunnel.
Some of the greatest records in music are records crafted from the most personal experiences. Some go through the bad and sometimes the ugly and make music out of it. The point is not to glorify whatever that you went through, but to simply share their experiences with the world. And that is not different from the act and the whole project.
Sprinkled in hooks, verses and bridges all over each song on the project. The price he had to pay was really huge.
One of the beautiful things that make this project outstanding is the mix bag effect that it has on all the listeners. This documentation is for all to enjoy. There is something for everybody, from the hard core rap fans, to those who just flow with the rhythms and to those who are soft on slow vibes.
The melodies on this project as just great. Easy to catch and flow with at any time.
THE gods on PRODUCTION
One of the details that keeps you on a smooth sail through some of the harsh narratives on this project is the production. Sometimes the verse is so raw and real but the production tones it down and makes it cool and easy to vibe with.
When you know someone and have a clear idea of where he or she is heading towards. It is easy to know your role and how best to play along the vision. To Kayso, who featured on all the songs as well as the guest producers, great work on production.
The producers provided the most original backdrop against which all the stories were well told. Safe to say you played your roles well to complement the project.
SET THE TUNE RIGHT
If this project is not his blueprint, then it is part of his blueprint into the game. The mentioning of blueprint, takes me back to the Blueprint III by one of the greatest rappers of all time, Jay Z. Track three on the album, was all about setting the tune right for all that got hooked on auto-tune.
A friend sound engineer told me, auto-tune is used by all. But the problem with people is how they use it. Sometimes on a song you want to feel it raw and the auto-tune just changes the vibe.
The auto-tune bit was a too much on the project. It makes it boring and annoying sometimes if that’s all you hear.
Set the tune right so it won’t sound bad all the time