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POSTHUMOUS DELUXE: Pop Smoke Embodies Davido And Burna Boy On A Project

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Pop Smoke, Brooklyn’s favorite son and leader of the new wave of Brooklyn drill, was tragically murdered during a home invasion on February 20th, 2020. He leaves behind two extended mixtapes ‘Meet the Woo’ and ‘Meet the Woo 2’ as well as a posthumous album Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon whose deluxe version was released on July 20th for what would have been the rapper’s 21st birthday. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a first in hip hop for a posthumous album debut and joins the likes of 2Pac, Biggie and more recently, XXXTentacion and Juice WRLD.

While Pop Smoke may have embodied the subgenre superstar, garnering the undivided love and appreciation of his locale, the artist was poised for international stardom. Steadily climbing the hip hop charts and driven by his unmistakable baritone, Pop Smoke was a fearless importer of the drill sound; a subgenre of hip hop originating in Chicago’s West side and further embraced by East London. His knack for introducing these foreign sounds to the New York scene was a rarity for the city, which, since hip hop’s creation, remained hyper insular. This rarified combination broke custom and produced a star the likes of which the city hasn’t seen since 50 Cent. 

Sadly, Pop Smoke, wouldn’t witness the cultural significance of his music, including his super-maximalist track “Dior” which became an anthem for the recent George Floyd protests, entering the modern canon of protest songs. 

The deluxe version of Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon includes 15 new tracks including two collaborations with Nigerian superstars Davido and Burna Boy. These features are a further testament to Pop Smoke’s unabashed importation of sounds into the New York scene and his global ambitions. 

’Tsunami’’ featuring Davido, could very well have been a Pop Smoke feature. The song is all highlife and Pop Smoke sits comfortably in the pocket, embracing his softer side that had multiple appearances on the new project.

‘Enjoy Yourself’ featuring Burna Boy closes out the 34 track deluxe which originally featured Colombia’s KAROL G. Here, Burna Boy, known for his sonic flexibility, is the one who brings his Afro sound to the Brooklyn crockpot.

Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is well earned but tragic reminder of a superstar’s career cut short by violence. Fans who are inspired by the continued flirtations between African musicians and American hip-hop will surely be disappointed that we won’t get to see what would have been with the outgoing Pop Smoke and artists off the continent. 

R.I.P. Pop Smoke and thank you for the short lived but massive legacy of music.

– www.panafricanmusic.com

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Social Media Users Threaten To Boycott Organizers Of Stonebwoy – Shatta Wale Clash Over Unfair Outcome

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A wide section of social media users and music lovers have, on Thursday, September 17, 2020, taken to their various social media platforms to express their displeasure, for what they describe as thievery and cheat, in the organizers of the Asaase Sound Clash after the organization presented an unfair outcome of the “Asaase Sound Clash Polls”.

It was a dancehall competition prize like no other seen in Ghana. To coincide with the epic Asaase Sound Clash on Saturday (12 September) between the two dancehall titans in Ghana – Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, Asaase radio teamed up with Svani Group Ltd (formerly known as UTC Motors) to offer one of the lucky dancehall fan the top prize of a Mahindra KUV 100.

The chance to win the automobile vehicle was open to all members of the public. The task demanded was that, fans grab their phones to vote for their favorite artiste between the two by dialing a short code *800*995*1# for Shatta Wale and *800*9952# for Stonebwoy. According to the organizers, voting was scheduled to end at 8:30 PM on September 12 and a fan of the artiste who won in the polls would be driving home a brand-new Mahindra.

However, “receipts” presented as at 8:30PM on Saturday proved that Stonebwoy won in the Asaase Sound Clash polls and deservedly, a “Bhim Native” or any lucky music lover who predicted his win should have been cruising in the new Mahindra, but contrary to the public’s expectation, a Shatta Movement fan whose artiste, Shatta Wale, lost in the polls was presented with the vehicle.

Prior to the official announcement of the outcome of the polls, the winner, identified as Patrick Mensah Nartey, took to his various social media platform to declare himself as the winner of the Mahindra vehicle, whilst voting was still in process.

This decision has triggered and generated a lot of dintinct chatter on all major social media platforms, especially on twitter, as users have tabled their displeasure in the outcome of the proceedings and threatened to boycott any forthcoming event organized by media house with the hashtage “BoycottAsaaseRadio”, thus far, demanding a highly transparent audit without reasonable doubt to the teeming music lovers and Ghanaians who defied all odds to make this event a success.

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Golden Bwooy Talks About The Industry In A Recent Interview [WATCH]

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Golden Bwooy – a Ghanaian sensational Afrobeats and Afropop artiste has lauded the role music consumers and fans in enabling talents in the industry. Speaking as a guest on the recent episode of #OneOnOne on GB TV, the singer revealed that, the industry receive and appreciate talents whose output are worth the promote.

“What I really like about Ghana music is the fans out there. When you are creative enough, they accept you. When you serve them the right dish, they protect very well. That is what I like about the industry. It is how good you present your work” – he said

Follow him on twitter or instagram @goldenbwooy

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Davido Casts Alongside Rick Ross, Eddy Murphy, Wesley Snipes In A Cameo Role In The “Coming 2 America” Movie

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In October 2019, Davido had been cast in a cameo role in the Coming 2 America movie – an upcoming American comedy film which is the second installment in the Coming to America film series, and serves as a sequel to the original film of 1988. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020 by Paramount Pictures in the United States and Canada.

On August 17, 2019, filming officially began in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick Ross confirmed during the same month that his Georgia mega mansion will be used as a location in the film. On October 1, 2019, in an interview with Collider, Murphy confirmed that production on Beverly Hills Cop IV will commence after the filming of Coming 2 America has wrapped. Filming officially wrapped on November 9, 2019.

Set after the events of the first film, former Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Honoring his royal father’s (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America once again.

The film stars Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Michael Blankson, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones, Rick Ross etc.

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WatsUp TV Host Surprise Birthday Party for Fameye, Quamina MP & Tulenkey [WATCH]

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Pan African entertainment TV Show, WatsUp TV has hosted a surprise birthday party for Ghanaian musicians, Fameye, Quamina MP & Tulenkey who share the same birthday on September 9th.

The artiste who has all collaborated on same projects were surprised when their colleague artistes Kofi Mole & Eddie Khae with their fans and management teams.

The event which also saw the artistes sharing memorable moments working together on the same projects also gave them the platform to announce their future collaborations together which will be released in the coming days

The event was also attended by bloggers such as Ronnie is Everywhere, GhKwaku, David Mawuli, ZionFelix, Elorm Bennie , Twins Don’t Beg & Rob Photography.

The party was supported by Vodafone Ghana, Betway Ghana, Rush Energy, McBerry Biscuits, Verna Natural Mineral Water, Adonko Bitters and True Note Restaurant.

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