Emerging Philadelphia rapper Kofie Carter has been developing a distinctive style for himself over the past year, whether you’re talking about the prominence of bright yellow in his wardrobe choices, or the heady mix of U.S. trap textures with rhythmic patterns and vocal cadences inspired by the pop music of Ghana, where his family hails from.
Earlier this month, Carter released “No Shade,” a single teasing the full-length project 7%, which he plans to release in January. On this one, mellow and meditative synths offset the wind-up hi-hats and thunking kicks as Carter trades vocals with B’chillz, an MC from Lusaka, Zambia, the two of them meditating on living one’s best life and fighting disrespect with shine.
“I was always against collabs in such an early stage, but being called a mentor, I just felt it was only right to make this happen,” Kofie tells us of working with B’chillz. “He said ‘Let’s show em how Africans do it.’ I said ‘No long talking.’”
Tomorrow night, December 1st, Kofie Carter opens for Scheck Wes, who plays a late set at NOTA at 12th and Vine. Tickets and more information on the concert cal be found here. Looking ahead to 2019, Carter will perform locally after the drop of 7%, with details TBA. He also plans a couple gigs in Ghana this winter, including at the Afrochella festival.
Listen to “No Shade” below.