Give a poetic punchline— Okyeame Kwame to rappers
The rap doctor, Okyeame Kwame has called on rappers to be creative with their words and ensure the rhyme verse are well constructed in the execution of their lyrics.
According to him, rappers are poets and have to be very effective in crafting their punchlines with the key poetic devices and rhyme schemes.
In an interview with the media, the lyricist also called on young artistes to channel their crafts to win international audience.
He admitted that his brand would have had a bigger international appeal if he had done his rap verses in the English language.
Okyeame Kwame stated that even though he has no regrets about sticking to his mother tongue for his compositions, he urged up-and-coming artistes to consider rapping in English.
“As a creative rapper, no matter how well-crafted my lines are, they will mean nothing when I perform to a US or UK audience. This is because they will not understand the Twi language and will not appreciate my craft, which is very key for a rapper,” he said..
The “Yeeko” hitmaker, noted that the success of rapping in English did not happen in a vacuum, hence rappers had to be more creative with their words.
The conversation about Ghanaian music breaking international boundaries got re-ignited following Black Sherif’s global hit “Kwaku The Traveller,” which is predominantly in English.
While some defer to the Okyeame Kwame theory, others have also insisted that language was not barrier in music appreciation.