Hailing from England, Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) represents a progressive spoken-word, rap genre of hip-hop that I can’t get enough of.
1. Ghostpoet - Cash & Carry Me Home (feat. Kano)
His debut album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam shows influences from artist like Gil Scott Heron and parallels to British based way-makers like The XX and SBTRKT. “Cash and Carry Me Home” is one of the highlights of the album. It’s the helplessness and vulnerability in his presentation of vocals mixed with an up-tempo dub back-beat that I find audibly irresistible. Each verse draws deeper into the sequence of events leading to a fucked up hurricane of mistakes. Although the single carries itself on an anti-climatic plateau, it redeems itself with substance in a storyline that holds your attention. I think integrity is a common theme throughout the album – Ghostpoet clearly followed through on his artistic vision of bringing an untainted presentation of uniqueness and quality in this recording. Look for his sophomore album this Spring.