Move Forward artist Blitz the Ambassador performs a raucous rendition of “Kill the Radio” at the Knitting Factory BK on 10/24/09 for CMJ.
Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, Blitz the Ambassador grew up to the sounds of Afro-Beat, Highlife, Jazz, and Motown. From an early age he played djembe in local drum circles. “Music was always part of my life, Blitz says. “It’s hard to find a Ghanaian kid who wasn’t part of some band.” But when his older brother introduced him to Public Enemy’s classic album, It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, he was changed forever.
This year, the Ghanian-born hip-hop artist/producer’s debut album, Stereotype, was released independently on Aug. 4th [click here to listen] and reached the Top Ten of iTunes’ hip-hop chart without any label support. Blitz’ music is a courageous blend of the hip-hop he grew up with in Brooklyn, mixed with the sounds of Afro-beat, High-life and Jazz that he heard playing djembe in drum circles as a youth in Accra City, Ghana. Blitz the Ambassador’s live show is an intense, uplifting set of inspiring songs and impressive lyricism, backed by a flurry of blaring horns and rumbling percussion, courtesy of The Embassy Ensemble, that has impressed crowds from SOB’s to the stage of Celebrate Brooklyn!, where Blitz performed with hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane this summer.