Few months ago, Africa’s most decorated rapper, Sarkodie took social media by storm when he released a video which captured him delivering an enthralling hook in his crib. Bearing the title Biibi Ba, Sarkodie made a request publicly that he would prefer rappers to be recommended for laying their verses on the tune.
After series of recommendations, amidst an interesting #BiibiBaChallenge, Sarkodie settled on the following up and coming rappers to drop their verses on the official record; Lyrical Joe, Tulenkey, Frequency, Kofi Mole, Toy Boi, Yeyo, Amerado, 2 Fyngers, OBKAY and CJ Biggerman.
These ten rappers subsequently met in Sarkodie’s mansion for the recording session of the song. In the early hours of Monday, 10th December, 2018, Sarkodie finally released the highly anticipated record. Below is my rating of the rappers’ performance.
Lyrical Joe introduced listeners to the record. He happens to be one of the lyrically endowed rappers in the rap game currently. His potency in both delivery and depth of lyrics is enviable. On Biibi Ba, his double entendre game was very impressive. Playing on Santa Claus, Hammer, Samini et al definitely occupies the upper echelons of creativity. The tongue-twisting at the latter part of his verse was also mind-blowing.
One of the up and coming rappers currently fast ascending to the mainstream stretch of the music industry is Tulenkey. His viral Child Abuse record and recently released EP has earned him a high level of admiration. On Biibi Ba, his performance was good. He was lyrically disciplined by staying consistent with the theme of the song, which is centred on money.
Frequency is one of the up and coming rappers who provide content brewed from a very realistic perspective. He speaks on very relatable issues and delivers as a real hustler on the streets. His penchant for delivering such content was manifested in his verse on Biibi Ba. Playing on some widely known books that are recommended for literature studies was interesting.
The Mensah hit maker has been tipped by many listeners as one of the rappers who did extremely well on this joint. Almost all the lines he dropped were worth decoding. The level of depth he demonstrated in his lyrics was astronomical. Playing with the names of Sarkodie’s wife, daughter and record label has become one of the bright spots of the song.
Toy Boi has been taking social media by storm with his freestyle sessions. He usually drops flaming verses in the sessions. A major source of admiration for his talent is his ability to blend several languages during his deliveries. On Biibi Ba, he did the blend again impressively.
Yeyo also came through with his verse. His performance was satisfactory. He stayed consistent with the theme of the song. He made an interesting utilization of artistic license at the latter part of his verse where he stated that poverty causes one to feel that he/she is suffering from malaria meanwhile the person is rather suffering from “moneyria”.
Making his submission after Yeyo was a solid pillar of rap from Kumasi, Amerado. As expected, he delivered his verse with unalloyed twi pleasantly. He also displayed lyrical discipline in his submission. Laying enough emphasis on hard work as a legitimate means for wealth acquisition was commendable.
2Fyngers came through with a verse delivered in a captivating style. He provided enough words of encouragement to stimulate the quest for wealth acquisition.
OBKAY made an entry with a unique style. The highest point of his verse has been the wordplay he did with Victor AD’s Wetin We Gain hit record.
Climaxing the submissions on the joint was CJ Biggerman. He appeared to be the most aggressive on the song as expected. He is a rapper who exudes a humongous dose of energy in his deliveries. That is enviable. Concerning the content of his verse, I think he was quite lyrically indisciplined because he did not rap substantially about the theme of the song. He rather rapped about himself more.
Biibi Ba is generally a good record. All the rappers churned out sizzling verses. There was a host of double entendres/wordplays on the song. This doesn’t come as a surprise because these days, the parameters set by contemporary rap fans for rating the performance of rappers is focused on depth of lyrics. In this era, a rapper who is unable to deliver wordplays is deemed not to be deep. This has compelled rappers to give high priority to the conception of wordplays. Sarkodie’s hook and Fortune Dane’s beat were also professionally discharged.
By Seth Mireku,