Premiere & Exclusive Interview: Ghetto Boy gets the perfect ‘Balance’ with Afrobeats/highlife banger

Denzil Bell

9 days ago

By Denzil Bell

Hackney-based, Ghanaian artist Ghetto Boy today premieres the Afrobeats/highlife sizzler ‘Balance’ with RWD.

Both the song and video are filled with Afro-centric tropes, from black queens dancing the night away to mandem providing Shaku Shakus galore.

Speaking to RWD about the track, Ghetto Boy tells us, “‘Balance’ is the dancers’ favourite. Funky/Afro vibes mixed with Ghana piggin rap about the girl that underestimates you ‘til she sees you in the club, spraying money.”

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Exclusive Interview: Ghetto Boy gives us some background on his come up

What was it like growing up between Accra/Kumasi and Hackney?

Growing up between the two worlds is hard. You have to find a balance, which took me a while to find, but once I did, it made me even more proud to be African. 

Describe your fusion of Afrobeats with highlife?

Highlife is the biggest genre of music in Ghana. It’s fused a lot in Afrobeats. I grew up with highlife. Fell in love with style from young. So it’s always something you’ll hear come out in the music. 

What’s the story behind ‘Balance’ and what does it mean to you?

‘Balance’ is specifically for the clubs! It’s about walking into the club humbly, and after the ladies and everyone assuming you don’t have money find out your the richest in the room, you feel like you’re the guy. 

What can we expect from the upcoming EP Me vs You?

Expect real music. Expect real Afrobeats. Expect flows.  Compared to what’s already out there the EP will blow your mind.

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Peep the highlife visuals up top and keep an eye out for Ghetto Boy’s upcoming 7-track EP Me vs You.

Words by Denzil Bell @akadiddz