With all featured guests exhibiting their lyrical prowess, “Wole Remix” is what hip hop fans have been waiting to hear.


 

It’s finally here. Days after announcing a remix version, Ko-Jo Cue has finally released the remix of his street anthem “Wole”; this time featuring some of the finest lyrical MCs you’d find on the music scene.

“Wole”– a Ga word that means ‘pick up‘- doubles as an exhibition of lyrical mastery by the MC’s and a motivational anthem that urges people not to despair but rather find the energy to steer through the challenges of life.

With what sounds like a sampled beat from Lauryn Hill’s ‘Lost One’, the BBNZ artist opens the song with a repeat of his verse on the original track –Wole Pt. 1.

The speaker shattering beat perfectly captures the theme of the song. The featured guests- Worlasi, Lil Shaker, Kwesi Arthur, Kay-Ara, Temple and C-Real serve verses that spill with brag talk, punchlines and metaphors that could go over the head of the uninitiated hip hop fan.

The video which dropped along with song carries a battle rap setting; where each rapper steps forward and raps ‘against’ Ko-Jo Cue, with beats from the DJ (JooJo The DJ) and fans looking.

The opening scene of the video shows Ko-Jo Cue in a trotro (mini-van) with his crew. The bus pulls over at a building site. They both enter a booth-like structure, which transforms into a club, with its neon lights and theatrical smoke or fog.

The guest artists came with their own unique style: Worlasi looks and carries a zen mood, like a priest; Kwesi Arthur, who ‘put the credible in incredible’ mentions how favourable 2017 had been for him; and Shaker drops some cool punchlines in his verse (see these (CDs) boys never know say na we dey walk, man (walkman)’. Get it?

Kay-Ara’s depiction of a ‘shackled man’ (or is he in a trance?) feeds remarkably into his lyrics, declaring himself as the saviour of rap (yes, I’m the saviour, bring your offerings to am). Temple, head of Pata Camp (and one-half of The Acropolis with Yaw P) opens his verse with the line ‘you can’t turn an alele (ho) to a spouse’, before proceeding to talk about his ambitions.

Ending the song is C-Real, one of the lyrically gifted rappers around. His verse is replete with rhyme schemes, punchlines and delightful wordplay like: ‘Fuse (ODG) come shock Ed Sheeran make e conf booze, booze so I’m thinking out loud’. This is a clever play on the hilarious experience of pop star Ed Sheeran, after drinking a locally brewed beer during his visit to Ghana last year with Fuse ODG.

The “Wole Remix”, recorded and shot in 2017 has been sitting in the vault for months now. Considering the afropop dominated scene in recent times-something Cue and Shaker attempted with Mama Yie- it’s such a welcomed feel to hear a banging hip hop song like “Wole Remix”. Maybe, the Edem lost verse might surface soon.

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