If you're interested in staying up with the latest in African Hip-Hop, dig this: Wogdog Blues, the new album from Art Melody, the MC from Burkina Faso, out March 5, 2013 on Akwaaba Records, is pushing the envelope of African hip-hop the hardest out of almost anyone on the continent. Imagine if MF Doom or Madvillian went to West Africa. Throw in a few samples of assorted African musical sounds and you'll get close to Wogdog Blues.
This is much more than just an African hip-hop album. Produced by Redrum and Minimalkonstrunction, the beats draw from afrobeat, bass music, 1990s hip hop, African tradition and retro-futurism to best carry Art Melody’s unique flow. The album is mastered by Dave Cooley (Spoek Mathambo, J Dilla, Madvillain) in Los Angeles.
Art Melody will be touring throughout France over the coming month or two to promote the new album. Check out his FB page to be up on the latest. Cop the album via bandcamp. This kind of thing doesn't come around often.