“Wetin you go do when we come for you?” asks Kwesi Arthur in the melodic chorus of “Revolution”, his pro-people stance realized in revolutionary rap bars.
A lifetime student, Kwesi Arthur re-traces footsteps carved out by many Ghanaian emcee who’ve called out incompetence among the ruling elite — from the kidding-but-not-really duo of FOKN Bois, to previous collaborator M.anifest, and further back, to legendary spitters like Obrafour, Reggie Rockstone and others.
The Tema-born star issues a barrage of lyrical darts; “Ghana we dey, we dey maintain”, he raps, as if to let down his guard, or give in. But he keeps going, making it clear that the rigged elections, the ‘bad man in designer suits’, the ‘rich who get richer’ while the rest suffer, the modern day Scribes and Pharisees who hog all the wealth to themselves, are the ones who are getting chewed up this time around.
Directed by David Duncan, the video montage uses in-studio footage of Kwesi Arthur, and splices it with archival footage stretching from colonial-era Gold Coast, to modern-day Ghana where the colonial master is black, dressed in bling, and anti-poor. Student demonstrations, police crackdowns, burning buildings and more serve to illustrate a post-apocalyptic world soundtracked by M.O.G Beatz’s banging drums.
The globally rising emcee rises up again to assure us all that, in this fourth industrial messed up of existence, he stands with the people.