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Today I want to write about my FAVE rap duo. If it wasn't for these 2 crazy beastys answering my many questions, I wouldn't have got a 1st on my dissertation about 'Coz Ov Moni' their rap-musical movie (click here to see trailer)!
Wanlov and M3nsa are both Ghanaian rappers, singers and composers who have taken the world by storm. They have shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Sway, Irie Maffia and the Gorillaz -to name a few! I became a massive fan from the moment I saw their work! Little did I know that one day they would become good friends of mine.
It all started during the Summer of 2010 when my friend Jaya and I first discovered Wanlov. It began when we were randomly laughing at the size of a shoe in this video featuring a few Ghanaian artists. Then we became obsessed with the song. To the point that we played the video on repeat when getting ready to go out! It's one of those songs that just make you giggle and go all bubbley! I even had it as my alarm tone haha! Anyway, after repeating the video about 199 times, we THEN decided to pay more attention to each individual rapper who features on the song. When we searched Wanlov we were blown away by his talent! We also found it bizarre that he chooses never to wear shoes, even in the snow! He is constantly barefooted!
Whilst searching further we came across the trailer for 'Coz Ov Moni', Ghana's first ever pidgin rap musical by Wanlov and M3nsa (this is how we found out about M3nsa)! We noticed it was premiering in London so we bought tickets
. . . and the rest is history!!!!!
Wanlov and M3nsa as a duo are titled the FOKN bois and are known for causing controversy. But if you meet them, you realise they are the kindest and most positive, laid back characters you can ever come across. I love being around them because they make me feel at ease and without doubt, we have the best laughs together every time we hang out. I always bring cookies and crisps to them at M3nsa's studio and they always make sure my belly is full with tasty Ghanaian food. If I refuse to eat, Wanlov force feeds me gari.<--sorry i'm going crazy with the 'link' thing lol!
M3nsa and I quite enjoy arguing. We argue from the moment I step into the building, to the moment I leave. He calls me 'Miss Defensive' but it's only because I am just as good at arguing back as he is...we are too alike. So perhaps I should start calling him Mr.Defensive :-P
They have taught me a lot about my culture as I am half Ghanaian but am yet to visit Ghana! I hopefully will this year because it is a BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY from what I have heard/seen!
FOKN sandwich ;-P
Anyhoo, I just wanted to big up these two talented cheeky chappys. They chilled me out throughout all my uni stress and were always there to put a smile on my face/make me laugh no matter how tired I was. They understand my strange humor and Wanlov has even featured on one of my 'joke-rap-tracks' that I made for Jaya. I love the FOKN bois creativity, their naughtyness and how caring they are. A random, yet great combination of characteristics!
You can find them on twitter: @mensamusic and @wanlov
OR @FOKNBOIS. Their most recent album 'FOKN Wit Ewe' is out now so get listening! I am currently working on a lil remix to their track 'Gimmie Pinch'. Now I shall treat y'all to some of their videos below this blog....It shows the variety of styles they can bring...enjoy!
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Sazrah is a UK music producer who has composed music for BBC 1xtra, Film, Catwalk and famous artists. Her blogs are about upcoming artists, music industry tips and general chit chat!