“My new project, ‘Nowhere Cool’ is empirical evidence I am the ‘god MC’”, Ghanaian songwriter and rapper, M.anifest has said.
The newly released 14-track album ‘Nowhere Cool’ M.anifest, said was inspired by renowned veteran writer, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo’s short story ‘Nowhere Cool’.
In an interview with Citi Breakfast show host, Bernard Avle on Friday September 16, the lyricists said the tracks on the album were all richly produced.
The creative process had “a lot of work going into it”, [except ‘Palmwine and Whisky’] he revealed.
According to the rapper, “every track I write takes a bit of me” and every track “had a bit of me”.
Throwing a jab at rival Sarkodie during for claiming to be the capon of rap music in the West African country, Kwame Ametepe Tsikata(real name) said, “I think am the ‘god MC’ and nowhere cool proves that ”.
M.anifest a few months ago released a track, ‘god MC’, a rhythmic dis song to address what he called “ disparaging” references made to other Ghanaian rappers by celebrated hip life artiste, Sarkodie.
The ‘god MC’ a direct response to Sarkodie’s ‘Bossy’, which M.anifest said was produced to reduce the value of other artistes, gathered a lot of attention among Ghanaian music lovers.
Sarkodie then replied ‘god MC’ with ‘Kanta’.
Asked if their lyrical battle was inspired by rivalry, the ‘Nowhere Cool’ creator said nanswered in the negative.
“I know people get excited about any form of rivalry, but beef is an exaggeration, we just had philosophical differences. One person thinks this and the other person thinks that…” he told Avle.
He said he only felt he needed to show Sarkodie there were better rappers than him, including himself [M.anifest.]
“There is no need being apologetic of who you are and what you represent”.
“If you [Sarkodie] make a song pretty much disparaging other rappers, I felt like I also had something to say to that matter”.
He added he was happy he started the debate.
“We saw in this whole debacle that everybody had an opinion only people are quite about it. From henceforth we would be okay with having open critique in music.”