Grandpapa of hiplife, Reggie Rockstone, is reported to have once proclaimed that he is John the Baptist of the genre, and Obrafour, its Jesus. Sarkodie, arguably Ghana’s most prominent rap artiste in the last decade, has declared Obrafour’s debut album as “the best of all times”. The same album has been pronounced by a significant number of Ghanaian hip hop heads as being to hiplife what Nas’ Illmatic is to hip hop.
For the uninitiated, the aforementioned declarations should be an instructive indication of the status of Obrafour in the Ghanaian rap musical canon; and of the impact of his debut album, Pae Mu Ka, which is 20 this year.
In the spirit of honouring the honourable, just as Obrafour himself so eloquently does on Kwame Nkrumah, a song off Pae Mu Ka, performed to invoke and honour the spirit of Ghana’s founding president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, this mural, painted by Bright Ackwerh for this years’ yoyo tinz festival, is a gesture in acknowledgement of, and appreciation for an album which is indisputably a watershed in Ghanaian music history.
Happy 20th, Pae Mu Ka. Thank you, Obrafour.