For blooming rapper Tulenkey (Chief Osei Bonsu), a marquee success tool revealed itself early, via the rousing humour deployed on “Proud Fvck Boys,” his first major hit. That record (still a potent jam) both underscored his singular wit, and natural leaning to social commentary.
While he has repeatedly shown his ability to channel alacritous flows that call up numerous Sarkodie songs (see “Child Abuse,” “BiBii Ba”), his proneness to render self–deprecating voice-over duties on today’s youth has proven to be his leading selling point. Thus, joints like “Your Girlfriend,” and “Goodnight,” which recently underwent impressive retooling with the help of Quamina MP, Fameye, and DJ Vyrusky.
On “Ghetto Boy,” a charming new single that sees him tap the expertise of Kelvyn Boy and MEDiKAL, he unwraps another dimension of his creative build: Profiting from moving mid-tempo highlife by Philip Martin, the number casts Tulenkey as a hood motivator charging his listener to “put your hands up” in self possession that crowns street training, and the awareness that a brighter day is imminent.
That Tulenkey is intentional about often using highlife installations as foundation for his experimentations is also noteworthy. It is, particularly in this Accra, a factor for his songs’ staying power. That music sort is, after all, a default sonic setting with Ghanaian music lovers.
A cogent spiel complete with chilling verbal photographs of penury, and then the promise of new wine, “Ghetto Boy” is additional proof that Tulenkey is not merely a participator among the current crop, but a valuable contributor, too.
Tulenkey’s first collection, the 1/1 mixtape, was published in 2018.