Kobi Onyame - Green Green Grasses (3 stars)

Ghanaian-Glaswegian rapper presents rought and ready album brimming with Scottish underground guests

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Kobi Onyame - Green Green Grasses

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Formerly known as Jae P, Ghanaian-Scots rapper Kwame Barfour-Osei has returned here with a debut album under his new name which demonstrates ability as a vocalist and a songwriter, and real skill as a producer. Featuring a bunch of guest stars, including Young Fathers’ G on the rough-edged grime stomp ‘Protect Myself’, Emeli Sande on the soulful, hard-time anthem ‘Nobody Fault But Mine’ and Sixpeopleaway singer Alistair Merrick on the sunshining R&B pop of ‘Inner City Lights’ and the smooth electro ballad ‘Empty Town’, this record isn’t quite the finished article, however. Instead, it’s a significant next step in the career of an artist who has all the commercial appeal of Tinie Tempah or Taio Cruz, with bags of added heart and soul.

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