Twe Ben Me – [City Boy]

As America and the rest of the world begin to shift their focus towards the horrific human rights violations, police brutality, and murder being perpetrated by the government of Nigeria, along with numerous other cases of tumult and tribulation that are all too often overlooked by the west, but much like in both America and the UK, Drill Music has been the de-facto musical styling for young people to turn-up and flex to, but also communicate deeper issues of violence, poverty, and discrimination that face these youths are life or death matters in so many cases and while the music is rough around the edges and intimidating to an un-keen ear, this music is able to communicate the rebelliousness and agitation being felt so poignantly by a new generation of kids and teenagers whose futures have been squandered and deemed unimportant by the powers that be, and that idea is not just limited to any particular geographical area.

Recently Virgil Abloh lended a spotlight to a new drill music scene exploding in Kumasi, Ghana’s second most populous city. This ‘Asakaa’ or ‘Kumerican’ sound borrows a lot of sonic and aesthetic influence from both America and the UK but is unique to their area in both style and flows, as well as their unique accents that land on the deep percussive elements of the beat perfectly. City Boy is one of my favorites of the new drillers coming out of Kumasi and his new visual for “Twe Ben Me” is one of the best new tracks I have heard emerging from this scene since hearing about it a couple of weeks ago. There’s an obvious language barrier in the way from me getting a full understanding of his lyrics and I cannot wait for Asakaa to become more popular to lead more of the songs to be translated into English in the comments section, but his flows are infectious and tripleted, letting him skate all over the quick paced drill instrumental.

This video is just the tip of a massive iceberg that is the Ghanian music scene and frankly Africa as a whole. Luckily the massive international success of artists like Burna Boy, Kofi, Santi, and so many others has opened the world’s ears to Africa’s talent and culture and I am sure that the Asakaa sound will open the eyes of their country and the world to the lives of Africa’s youths that are tragically overlooked, just as drill music has in America, the UK, and every other place it has been made around the globe.