Interview: The Road to Kwesi Arthur's 'Son of Jacob'

We talk to the Ghanaian star rapper about his long-awaited full-length tape Son of Jacob and working with Joeboy on his latest single "Baajo."

You can't talk about rap in Ghana without mentioning Kwesi Arthur. Since breaking out in 2017 with his smash hit "Grind Day," he's been one of the most sought-after rappers in the country, with a fanbase that is avid and unrelenting.

Kwesi Arthur fans have been waiting and campaigning for a new project from the BET Award nominee for quite a while now. His last full-length tape Live From Nkrumah Krom Vol. II (Home Run), the sequel to his groundbreaking debut tape of the same name, was released in 2019 with the help of Apple-owned artist and music development company Platoon.

The sophomore project presented a star-filled lineup of features, including dancehall icons Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, Ghanaian rap elite Sarkodie, as well as Nigerian acts Santi and Mr. Eazi, but rather than easing the need for new music from Kwesi, it only increased the anticipation for a full-length project from the Tema-representing rapper. Last year, he followed up that tape with the aptly titled This Is Not the Tape, Sorry 4 the Wait II, a three-track EP he dropped with the intention of whetting the collective appetite of the Arthur hive.

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