A Conversation with Blitz the Ambassador

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When you think of the Brooklyn Museum, you think of artists such as Georgia O’Keefe and Winslow Homer, and it’s art collection from around the world. Now, you can add Hip Hop MC Blitz the Ambassador to that list of artists who have made this institution a center for great art.In June, a large crowd gathered at the museum’s Rubin Pavillion for Target’s First Saturday Concert Series, which featured Ghanian born/Brooklyn local MC Blitz the Ambassador and the Embassy Ensemble. Blitz, who has been gaining recognition in the underground hip-hop scene, and has worked with such artists as Rakim, Talib Kweli, The Roots and many others, brought the pavilion to life with his live set.

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 Performing tracks from his new CD, Native Sun, Blitz and the  Embassy Ensemble’s live, brass heavy sound filled the  halls of the museum, reverberating into the bodies of  those who were in attendance. Tracks such as Akwaaba which he performs in his native Twi dialect and English, welcomed and worked the crowd into a joyous frenzy. Other tracks reached into Blitz’ own personal life and love for the motherland. Dear Africa, which on the album is backed by vocals from francophile singers Les Nubians, connected everyone to Blitz’ love and longing for Africa and its people before breaking down into an energetic soukous tinged call of African Cities, and Wahala which melts funk with hip hop hip hop flavors and a touch of rock guitar, gave us a feel for the artist’s influence from the early days of hip hop.


JohnSimonDaily had the opportunity to meet with Blitz the Ambassador to discuss his view on Hip Hop, music today, and his part in the culture.

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 Photos by Yuri Guanilo for JohnSimonDaily