103.7 Da Beat Artist Spotlight-Blackway


103.7 Da Beat Artist Spotlight-Blackway

Born in Brooklyn and raised between Ghana and New York City, Blackway spikes Hip-Hop with Afrobeat rhythms and African soul, spinning it around the globe.

As a result, he unites two continents and cultures via a one-two punch of rhyme acrobatics straight out of the nineties and panoramic pop-size vision.

"It comes from both sides," he explains. "I mess with my voice by not only rapping, but trying different harmonies, instruments, production, and melodies influenced by my heritage and roots. It's a subtle thing sometimes, but it's there."

To be honest, that thing is in his blood. Inspired by his entertainer father (one of Ghana's most celebrated actors and comedians KSM), the spotlight called to him at an early age.

"Growing up there, everybody knew who he was," recalls the MC. "It was super exciting. I went to his shows, spent time on set with him, and visited him at the radio station. That got me interested in the business."

After completing middle school in Ghana, Blackway headed stateside to live with his mom and attend high school in Long Island. He can vividly recall his first freestyle over Sheek Louch's "Mighty D-Block," and he became hooked with the artform. Inspired by everyone from Eminem, Jadakiss, and Big L to Wizkid, E.L., and Mr. Eazi, the artist dropped his first mixtape Broken Language in 2011. After a stint back in Ghana, he further honed a signature style on 2014's Radiant Child powered by the single "Lost My Mind." Between making his SXSW debut in 2017, he served up New Yhana and turned up on collaborations with the likes of New York legend Uncle Murda. Acclaimed by The Fader and more, 2017 saw him ink a major label deal with Republic Records.

Now, the powerhouse 2018 single "That Fast" [feat. Gucci Mane, DJ Battle] illuminates his individuality. Driven by a wild beat from France's DJ Battle, the international MC goes bar-for- bar with the undisputed King of the South, delivering an unshakable, undeniable, and unbeatable anthem.

"I was having fun with it," he goes on. "Gucci killed it, so I was vibing out and thinking of how to nail those four bars. It's meant to be a vibe."

This is just the beginning. Blackway's taking his sound around the globe...

"I've lived such an interesting life," he leaves off. "I want to tell stories. That's how people can
relate to me, and I can ultimately help them emotionally. There's no agenda when I get into the booth. It's a powerful thing. When it comes to rapping, I feel like I could go toe-to-toe with anybody. Hip-hop has always been a competition like basketball. I want to be the greatest."

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