UK Based Ghanaian Rapper, Blackson Set To Release His “Outsider” Album
Blackson, after the single DNA, Writer of the Block and Fire finally publishes the highly anticipated album:
produced entirely by Blackson distributed by the Love University Records of Francesco Grassi, Producer and DJ of Mama Marjas, pioneer of black music in Italy since 1990.
Blackson was born in Caserta in Italy in 1987 from parents of Ghanaian origin, then moved to Verona, where he began to take his first steps in the field of rap by participating in various Rap Battles, always qualifying for the first places. In 2015 he moved to London, where he began to grow musically and to absorb the various English influences and styles such as grime, which would lead him to become the current Blackson. In 2018 he will move to Leeds.
Blackson grew up musically listening to Marracash and Gue Pequeno, but the real artistic turning point came when he started listening to rappers like Sarkodie from Ghana and other artists of the English scene, such as Kano, Wiley, Stormzy etc, who drastically influenced the his style and his artistic growth.
The Outsider album is a mixture of all the musical influences from 2015 to today, Grime, Trap, Garage, Afro Trap. The concept of the whole project is contained in the single “Outsider” where Blackson talks about the fact that you always feel like a fish out of water, both in Italy and in Ghana. On the cover he wanted to depict the face painting culture typical of Ghanaian culture with the Adinkra symbol of Siamese crocodiles which means “union in diversity”. In this record the rapper tells us about himself and his growth as a black boy who tries to establish himself in a different world, which sometimes finds it hard to accept diversity. In the piece “La fame” he empathizes with the Italian people who have experienced his own “struggle”, his own effort in trying to establish himself as a man and an artist. While in the piece “Outsider” (which gives the title to the album) Blackson reaffirms and supports his Africanity with great pride.
OUTSIDER is available through all digital platforms now:
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Here’s the link to download the album and listen to it on preview: