Actually, Blitz The Ambassador is not returning to anything. This non-aligned artist has be doing what most established and aspiring rappers only dream of. Blitz actually rocks shows from city to city, nation to nation and continent to continent. Forget getting props on New York's Hot 97 FM radio! That's not needed to validate Blitz.
Let's see: He's been on the road, train, van, car, airplane to tour consecutively for the past two years. It still blows my mind on how he is included in the most eclectic of music festivals around the world! I can safely say that the average rap arts cannot be included on a music festival with Jazz artists, or one with rock artist or one with Afro Pop artists back-to back ...consecutively. This is a true grind. "Get in where ya fit in!" Perhaps it's the great team synergy he has built with his personal manager James Bartlett and the camaraderie of his core band Embassy Ensemble members.
As the extra pages are added to his U.S. passport, I can only visualize what's going on in Samuel Bazawule a.k.a Blitz The Ambassador's mind. I believe he has truly bridged the Hip Hop divide in the rap part of Hip Hop WITHOUT compromising his style or the art essence of rap. Plus, he has extra bonuses of being politically aware; community and family driven and a Pan-Africanist at his heart.
I watched Blitz develop into the class act that he is. I do remember him coming up from the dust back in Accra, Ghana. I'm proud to say that Reggie Rockstone and I had some influence on the development of this rap innovator. I remember influencing Ghanaian producer Hammer of Accra in the late 90s. We always discussed the prospects of who would rise above the Hiplife clutter and morph into their own. Although he was known with another stage name back then, Blitz's name came up frequently in these discussions.
Now in the 21st Century, while others are sleeping, Blitz is living his "personal legend ... nothing else matters". Hence why he always tweets "Sorry 'No Days Off if you want the crown." He is an artist in the true sense. I'm am glad to see him "return".
What goodies is he returning with? I'm glad you asked!
Blitz calls it the "Warm Up" Yes the band is back along with the West African guitar riffs and THOSE horns!
Blitz hit us hard. (Well, it wasn't directed to us who were already down with him and had his back.) It was more of a firing of shots to the nay-sayers, weak rappers and such. Basically; if you followed the NBA in the 90s and early 2000s, then you will know of Congolese basketball player Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo or for American audiences: Dikembe Mutumbo. This is the basketball player who proudly used to say that Michael Jordan NEVER dunked on him. Real recognizes real. This record and video below is a metaphor for all those that can't "touch" Blitz in his arena. Both Blitz and Dikembe Mutumbo are "Shot blockers!" hence the "No, No, No, No!"
Written by Blitz the Ambassador
Produced by Optiks
Mixed by Figub Brazlevic
Not be resting; Blitz then hits us with a familiar title, melody and a few familiar samples to craft "African in New York"
Produced by Blitz the Ambassador.
Bass: Alexis Hountondji
Guitar: Raja Kassis
Trumpet: Jonathan Powell
Sax: Ezra Brown
Trombone: Ron Prokopez
Percussion: Shaun Kelly
Additional Vocals: Amma Whatt
Recorded/Mixed by Jim Bertini at Galaxy Smith Studios, Brooklyn NY.
Additional Engineering: Chris 'Optiks' Jones + Cedric Moreau
We are awaiting the Warm Up EP this August 2013 to bring us into this realm of #AfropolitanDreams. Blitz keeps it real by getting us ready with Extended Play (EP) recordings.
Remember his past Eps?
- 2004: Soul Rebel EP
- 2005: Double Consciousness EP
- 2009: StereoLive EP
Here's snapshot he tweeted about his recoding process.
In addition to his full studio albums:
- 2009: Stereotype
- 2011: Native Sun
We do expect a banger of a full album eventually with the working title "Afropolitan Dreams". But in the meantime, let's support my brother by attending his shows world-wide; putting our associates and friends up on him and playing his music loud and proud.