(TheAfricanDream.net) — Ghanaian Afrocentric rapper AJ Nelson released the video for his first single of the year – Guy Guy, yesterday July 18, less than 2 months after announcing the song’s release in May.
Ohene Savànt, an American producer/rapper, and Kweku Afro, a Ghanaian songwriter, producer & dance choreographer, are featured in the classic hi-life single.
The 3 minutes & 16 seconds long video was filmed in Accra James Town and Dansoman, Ghana. It was directed by Some Song Studio, but the production was done by Peewezel Cue.
The song represents the artist’s first single of his upcoming EP, titled Class Struggle, which would represent his third studio album. According to Nelson, the EP is inspired by a book authored by Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The song like it’s rapper blends a groovy mix of traditional rhythm with a contemporary tone that creates a lush “hippy highlife” melody. In terms of music, “I see myself as the bridge between the old and young,” said Nelson in his interview with theafricandream.net in May.
“I’m talking about those who love to hear horns, live bass, percussions and guitar in music.”
The single was composed to appeal to both the younger audience and the elder age, who enjoy African classics and the sound of musical strings.
“We were inspired by the new wave of afrobeat basically, and we decided to surprise our fans by doing a genre they mostly don’t hear us do,which is to mix afrobeat with hi-life music,” said Nelson from Some Song Studio in Accra, in his interview with theafricandream.net.
Nelson claims his intention to give his fans the best “feel-good music” remains a top-shelf priority for him.
He reflected the work synergies he has created with the featured artists in his new single and the crew involved, especially his work with Ohene Savànt, which he describes as “always fun and organic!”
“Ohene and I both believe and admire each other musically. And this is not our first time working together. I was featured on his Blaq Magic album and he was on my Africa Rise album as well,” Nelson said to theafricandream.net.
“He authored a book in 2019 and I was one of the few rappers in Africa that he mentioned in his book (Becoming An Emsee). Whenever we meet we express greatness through music,” he added.
He also sent a “big ups to Kweku Afro for his infectious chorus and vocals.”