As part of activities to outdoor his upcoming fourth album, rapper M.anifest (real name Kwame Ametepee Tsikata) was on Accra-based Starr FM to discuss a variety of subjects, specifically the Nowhere Cool record.
The belief is widely held that his controversial June 30 release, god MC was among other things, a publicity stunt. However, the rapper has rubbished any such claims, stressing that it is inimical to art; “I don’t have time for publicity stunts. If it was that, I would put it on my album and would have released my album the week after that”.
The rapper, who has been associated with such acts as Erykah Badu, Sarkodie, and Rocket Juice and The Moon revealed that inspiration informs his actions and stressed that one could be entrapped in that space instead of focusing on the actual purpose of the music; “I do things when I’m inspired”, he said. “I don’t have time for publicity stunts. It’s a very dangerous area to get into.”
Speaking specifically to why he made god MC, he admitted that it was a response to Sarkodie’s Bossy, and that some records had to be set straight; ” I just felt some things needed addressing”.
Nowhere Cool will be the rapper’s fifth solo project following Apae: the price of free EP (2013), Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America (2011), The Birds and the Beats (Free Mixtape, 2009), and Manifestations (2007). In a remarkable career, he has won Best Rapper of the year (2013) – Ghana Music Award, Hip-Hop Song of the Year (2013) – Ghana Music Awards, Best Hip-Hop Video – 4syte Music Video Awards, Minnesota Emerging composer Award (MECA) (2010) – American Composers Forum, Songwriter of the Year (2008) – City Pages, among others.