In Ghana, we don’t have many rappers who are good with cool wordplay devices such as double entendres and metaphors but these few guys will knock your rocks off.
So let’s introduce to you, the top 5 rappers in Ghana who are well known for mind-blowing wordplay.
TeePhlow can be classified as the king of wordplay. Most of his rap lines are full of them when you take note.
Here are some few we picked up.
In his “The Warning” track, he was like, “S3 me ntum anfa rap a burn wo a, petrol na matches wo ho”. In this line, the word burn is not really referring to the literal meaning of the word, but rather the slang used in rap to mean he will ‘murder’ you with rap and he twisted the word to a different angle to make it seem like the literal meaning by adding petrol and matches.
Also on his “Dues” track, there are many wordplay in his lyrics, some being, “Me nfa watch mmo me sisi, I don’t ‘waist’ time” replacing waste with waist. In another line, he said, “Me drop punchline, you for duck, dabodabo”
Can you spot the literary device here?
Flowking Stone has been rated as one of the best rappers in Ghana but one thing most people don’t know him much for is his skill with wordplay. You can find many in most of his rap lines but if you don’t take a critical look at it, you might write it off because it wouldn’t sound any special and it might not also make sense to some listeners.
In his latest remix of “Fire Bon Dem”, and in one of the lines, he stated, “Whatever the haters go dey do, I’m still on the ‘rise’ like stew”. In this line, the wordplay here is “rise” making you think he’s talking about rice when in fact he’s actually referring to rise and not the food rice as you might anticipate.
Not only is Manifest good with wordplay, most of his raps are full of literary words and it really takes a smart listener to get some of his meanings. He’s one of the most matured rappers out there who really takes into account poetry in his delivery and also knows how to dabble in both English and pidgin plus the local dialect.
In his his “Someway bi” song, he said, “Dance with the struggle got a million needs
We’ve been up in here long like Brazilian weaves“. This is some serious wordplay right there. In that song, there are so many wordplay.
Cabum is also one of the best rappers out there. One key thing about him is his love for wordplay and you can find traces of it in most of his songs.
On his “Atigya” track featuring Yaa Pono, he was like, “Obi a me nton nsa, nso omu si m3 raise Bar“.
Kofi Kinaata since his first appearance on Castro’s “Odo Pa” has so far shown us he was not in to play. When he raps, you can tell he’s really good with his words.
One peculiar thing about him is his dexterity with wordplay. On his “Oh! Azaay” track, he said, “Obosam, onum wee kotoku kuro koraa, ontumi ny3 the most high“. That was a beautiful wordplay right there.