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Blitz the Ambassador

January 27, 2009 1:39 pm

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 and dance troupes. “Live music was always a part of my life,” says Blitz. “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. “I had never heard young Black people express themselves in that way before,” recalls Blitz.

After moving to the U.S. to attend college, Blitz continued to hone his musical skills, and grew a large following in Ohio as undergrad at Kent State University. After graduation, Blitz moved to New York City and began to record, Stereotype. This live-instrument-laden, musical exploration, is Blitz’ sonic manifesto. “I set out to change the way hip-hop approaches live instrumentation, to create synergy between all of the sounds on my personal playlist.” Drawing from his diverse musical background, he dove into the project with the explicit intent of pushing the boundaries of Hip Hop music. In the process of recording the album, Blitz formed the band, The Embassy Ensemble, a musical collective of classically trained artists who grew up on Hip Hop. After three long years of recording, Blitz took the album to several. Getting the run around one to many times, Blitz decided go it alone. “One day I just said, ‘Fuck it’,” recounts Blitz. “I was tired of record labels telling me I had to be like somebody else. So I came home and wrote, Rememebering the Future,” Blitz explains. This epic, track illustrates Blitz’ refusal to be a Stereotypical rapper. The chorus of the song is, ‘I am who I am / and you can never change me / Reaching for the sun / remembering the future.’