Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, b.k.a Quata Budukusu, started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat. He is regarded, in Ghana, as the inventor of tongue-twisting in Twi. An accomplished songwriter, the versatile artist can both rap, sing in a variety of styles that goes from dancehall to pop music, and everything in-between.
In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took the Ghana music scene by storm. He has since gone on to feature in a long list of hit songs and viral videos in his home country. After taking a break, Budukusu returned with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured the first English and Twi pop song, entitled BABY.
The surprise came on the 18th of August 2017, when Quata Budukusu released QUANTUM RIDDEM, distributed by VPAL music, which happens to be the first full-length album – in this case 13 tracks – delivered on just one single beat!
Recently we listened to Quata Budukusu’s latest smash single, “Ano Dey See You Seff”, bathed in a sizzling trap decoration. If tongue-twisting in Twi is Budukusu’s forte, you wouldn’t expect him to leap from the foundation that his music career on built on. Switching up at the height of his popularity would be bold, insane, and trying to fix something that isn’t broken.
But Budukusu’s is both bold and insane – anybody who could record 13 different songs on one single beat, certainly has no fear of pushing boundaries or breaking down the walls of conservatism. And trap lends itself perfectly to all sorts of progressive interpretations.
What Quata Budukusu’s will say and how he will deliver the message is what fans are most intrigued by. From high-speed flow patterns to trap-drenched crooning, he has a distinguished voice, and I’m impressed by his energy. Budukusu is rapping like a man possessed.
Yet at the same time he sounds totally focused and never loses the melodic slant in his voice – essential when you need to stay musical and not just sound like you’re speed-reading the phone directory. This is probably where Budukusu’s tongue-twisting technique excels in giving him the edge over his trap contemporaries.
Quata Budukusu literary pulls off pulling an Olympic performance on head-banging track. The keys and hi-hats combine to turn the track into a trap monster with an African twist. Budukusu is making a compelling argument right now with “Ano Dey See You Seff”.
And my question is: “Is there any trap, or other kind of rapper of his versatility, out there right now that sounds this convincing?” There’s an electricity in this record – an indication that this is an artist whose sails have caught a full wind!