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Kwame The Boy Genius Atlantic • 1989

'After successfully completing the last verse I wonder: Is the rap world ready for this?' Kwame ends the first track. It still remains the question caus the Boy Genius never really received credit. Together with his live band 'The New Beginning' this musical prodigy would finish another three quality albums but the first one’s really a jewel. Kwame rhymes with style, finesse and an open mind. Positive rap was not new at the end of the 80s through the success of the Nativue Tongue click, especially De La Soul, but Kwame’s a nice representative too, yet, with a very personal style.

Kwame combines humour ('The Man We All Love and Know') and smooth talk ('Sweet Thing') but also kicks agressive, up-tempo rhyming with attitude on 'Push the Panic Button': 'another sucka mc from the top of the list, I mark you a fist'. The production is by Hurby Love Bug, producer of Twin Hype, Salt N Peppa, who combines funky drum rolls with guitar and trumpet samples, the beats are up- and off-tempo. Some samples are famous ones such as the Funk Inc drums on 'Push the Panic Button', James Brown’s 'The Funky Drummer' in 'The Rhythm', a snippet of Bobby Byrd’s 'I Know You Got Soul' and 'Keep On Doin It' on 'Keep On Doin' a.o.

The album’s only 8 tracks and that’s a pity, but maybe that’s why it’s a very, very strong hip-hop album.

POSTED ON 06|06|2004 by cpf

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