I have listened carefully to the ‘fire bon dem’ remix’ and initially I didn’t get immersed in the hyperbole people cloud the song with. Fire bon dem is barely three weeks since it was released online but it has already scored high marks from critics, something I didn’t comprehend from the onset.
Subsequently I got a copy of it and listened to it with rapt attention. I chuckled and said it wasn’t extraordinary. I must quickly add that my evaluation was devoid of any bias embellishment. However, I decided to give it a ‘second chance.’ I have to stick the record on a replay to appreciate it. So after listening to the song several times, this is what I came up with.
I found the introductory chorus, which seemed to have popped out from children’s rhyme book, a bit dull. After the three artistes introduced themselves to indeed register in the mind of the listener that indeed the song is a recipe of three of the finest ingredients in the kitchen, Sarkodie’s customary rhythmic acumen ushers the song to that qualitative league. I had thought he would have gone the ‘lay away’ style; spewing fast paced thought provoking, aggressive lines to send his fans wild, instead Sark rather went comparatively ‘easy.’
He seized the opportunity to brag as usual, reminding the listener that he is the best rapper in Ghana despite the fact that he has huge respect for some rappers. He said there is a huge margin between himself and other rappers. He reiterated that his vernacular rap has helped put Ghana on the map, a situation that has proved all sceptics wrong (those who thought it’s only English songs that can gain recognition outside the shores of Ghana).
Despite the fact he acknowledged Kumasi rappers (he mentioned Okyeame Kwame, Cabum and Kunta Kinte) and revealed his admiration for them, he still went ahead to make a statement for Tema boys and entreated everyone to doff their hats out to them.
Sarkodie has already established his reputation already and this song only reinforce it. He is indeed a very good rapper. Truth be told, he is the best rapper of our era. His timing, diction and voice modulation in this song were very good. His input, without an iota of doubt made the song worthwhile.
In comes Shatta Wale, the boisterous dancehall artiste whose task in this song is to weave the chorus around the loom of his native ganja voice (which he executed with perfection). After his chorus, Flow King comes in with heavy puchlines. But this paragraph belongs to Shatta Wale so let me highlight his contribution.
For years I find it hard to decipher the content of dancehall artistes; from Sean Paul to Beenie Man. Wale made it difficult for me to understand what he was really saying. The only thing I heard was he mentioning his name and the collaborators on the joint and asking them to stay close. But one thing I know for sure, Shatta Wale has really evolved (from his Bandana days) to a very formidable music icon in Ghana and beyond. He has etched perfection in his chromosome, the result of which is the countless hits he has churned.
Observers say Flow King lyrically outwitted his comrades on this collaboration. Did he? Well I think Stone was somewhat obsessed to pitch his strength against Sarkodie, which to some extent affected his mode of delivery. He admitted through his verse that his fans claim if he collaborated with Sarkodie, he will really make inroads.
He laced his delivery with lots of similes, innuendos and imagery, leaving the listener to expound the lyrics. He also said in the song he is really equipped with words because he wasn’t born affluent. Interesting, huh?
‘Fire Bon Dem’ is truly a well-crafted piece of art from three distinguished artistes. I expect this song to pave way for Flow King, who, despite his depth of talent, is often shove in the temperate of insignificance.
He is a master in what he does and if you don’t really agree, ‘Fire Bon You.’