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Lil Kesh Is At His Most Bankable In 'No Fake Love'

Lil Kesh drops the new video for his latest single “No Fake Love.” Watch and download the song here.

With less than a week before his headlining show alongside Kiss Daniel at London’s O2 arena, Lil Kesh has dropped the video for his latest single “No Fake Love.”


The title gives it away but the bars are even more revealing, “I say when I no dey see bread not to talk of akara/all this girls go dey use me dey shakara,” a sentiment no doubt shared by anyone who has overcome strife or snobbery, successful artists included.

But Kesh is the most bankable he’s ever been with a host of hits and a label imprint YAGI (Young And Getting It). Surely he now has less to complain about but then again, Drake, the behemoth that he is, is still complaining. Drake has his on his own “Fake Love” on More Life, in which he sings “I’ve been down so long it looks like up to me.” Can’t please the dude.

Lil Kesh’s “No Fake Love” is far from the lament that Drake’s is, and is closer in spirit to Korede Bello’s “Godwin,” the most triumphalist record yet. While Bello focused on the God-engineered victories of bank alerts and electoral success, Kesh is a little less forgiving “Coz you no show me any love when I call on you/ but now I gallant die and I go ball on yo.”

Now that's how you know a HIT! FESTAC TOWN❤️ #nofakelove

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Kesh’s last live set in London was at Hammersmith Apollo last October as part of YBNL’s UK tour, which included performances from Olamide, Viktor and Adekunle Gold.

Olamide was no doubt the star draw but the most electrifying show was put on by Lil Kesh. His hits roused the crowd, further energised by his dancing which should come as no surprise seeing that he invented shoki.

Fake love is real and could derail a career as promising as his, but then the video for “No Fake Love” has been viewed over a hundred thousand times on Youtube in its first day and shortly before a prominent co-headlining show at O2. This is nothing less than agape love from his fans, but will he write a song about that?

Sabo Kpade is an Associate Writer with Spread The Word. His short story Chibok was shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize 2015. His first play, Have Mercy on Liverpool Street was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. He lives in London. You can reach him at sabo.kpade@gmail.com

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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