With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
With an name like Novelist, young emcee Kojo Kankam is setting some high expectations for the content of his bars and on his debut album, Novelist Guy, he succeeds in showcasing his undisputed writing talents. Honest and heartfelt lyricism is slowly becoming a more frequent feature within grime thanks to the success of Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayers, and now, a genre that was born on the streets of London is being used as a platform for thoughts, feelings and even political activism. Novelist showcases this within album opener ‘Start’, in which his words tell, “Giving love is healing like a plaster, meditating thinking like a master”, with track ‘Gangster’ also offering an alternate commentary, highlighting how the rapper chose a life of lyrics and music over the stereotypical life of crime. Album highlight ‘Stop Killing The Mandem’ is a display of not only the rapper’s intense delivery and high-end production, but also his intelligence and awareness as it’s an offering of social and political importance, addressing police brutality of people of colour and calling it out over an ice cold beat.
Novelist’s debut is a testament to more than his songwriting skills, following his rejection of various labels, the young artist produced the entire record and chose to release it himself, allowing the hard work and passion gone into this project the pinnacle of it.
Novelist brings his bars to the beach at Lost and Found Festival in Matla on Saturday 5th May the grime emcee then takes to London’s Finsbury Park on Saturday 10th June as part of Tranzmission Festival.
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