Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams' Rapper Blitz the Ambassador hails from Ghana, but he has lately made New York City his home. This juxtaposition of continents and cultures has infused his beats with a wide range of sounds.
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Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

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Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

Album Review: 'Afropolitan Dreams'

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Blitz the Ambassador of Ghana performs at the Rio Loco music festival in Toulouse, France. Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rapper Blitz the Ambassador hails from Ghana, but he has lately made New York City his home. This juxtaposition of continents and cultures has infused his beats with a wide range of sounds.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

A Ghanaian hip-hop artist from Ghana, who goes by the name Blitz the Ambassador, explores his immigrant experience in a new album. Blitz came to the U.S. 14 years ago to study marketing. He now uses those skills to market his own music.

Reviewer Banning Eyre says the album "Afropolitan Dreams" reflects the rapper's multi-national life.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG)

BANNING EYRE, BYLINE: Right from the start of "Afropolitan Dreams," Blitz the Ambassador locates himself in New York City with the signature sound of its subway. And it doesn't take long for him to tell us why he now lives there.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DOLLAR AND A DREAM")

EYRE: Some folks say he's no hip-hop enough or not African enough. But the truth is, he's both and that's impressive. Blitz uses the hip-hop approach, sampling and channeling African music, R&B, Bhangra, jazz, whatever moves him. Sure, hip-hop purists might not appreciate Blitz's mix. But if you free your mind, to quote one of his earlier songs, the reward is rich.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MAKE YOU NO FORGET")

EYRE: That's Blitz mixing it up with Afrobeat star Seun Kuti. Blitz invites all sorts of folks to this global party, including artists big in Africa, but lesser known here like the fastest rapper in Ghana, Sarkodie.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN")

EYRE: Like any good rapper, Blitz tells his story. It's the story of an African in diaspora, hustling, striving, missing home, going home, coming back, trying to keep a clear head while shuffling between vastly different realities. You won't find many more wholesome rap records than this. Blitz celebrates big dreams, hard work and stamina. Through it all, he makes us believe, as he does, that Africa is the future.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AFRICA IS THE FUTURE")

BLOCK: We've been listening to the album "Afropolitan Dreams" from Blitz the Ambassador, reviewed for us by Banning Eyre who's senior editor at Afropop.org.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AFRICA IS THE FUTURE")

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