Does Kojo Funds deliver on his promise to ‘give the people what they want’ on his debut mixtape?
Words by Charles Odugbesan
On September 27th, 14HQ were invited to the Kojo Funds listening party on Leake Street hosted by Beats By Dre, on the eve of his first mixtape release – Golden Boy. There we saw Kojo and company celebrate a memorable first in his career! After bursting onto the U.K scene and giving us a host of successful singles, ‘This is what the people want!’ were Funds’ words when asked to give an insight to his mixtape. And now finally, only 4 years after truly dedicating to making music, fans and followers alike are treated to a full body of work from the East London artist.
Kojo Funds is a prominent figure in the Afro-Swing genre we have seen emerge in the U.K. He is one of the few that have a real claim to its authenticity. So instantly we look to artists like him for the newest sound. The responsibility falls upon such an artist to push the boundaries of the sound even further. That’s the position dropping hits like ‘Warning’ and ‘Dun Talkin’ (both songs included in Golden Boy) lands you in.
So what about the mixtape itself then? Golden Boy as a project is a hybrid of sounds ranging from Grime, to Afrobeats to Reggae, to Pop and more, packed into a 16 track roll out. ‘Warning’, ‘Mafia’, ‘High Grade’, ‘Thug Ambition’ and ‘PNG (feat Giggs)’ were the 5 warmly received tracks from Golden Boy that Kojo Funds previewed at the listening party.
Often a project that includes a lot of features can be exciting, but it can also take some of the shine away from the main musician. So getting that balance is key and it seemed like Kojo achieved just that. 16 songs with 8 featured artists including Giggs, Kranium, RAYE, Maleek Berry and Yung Bane, all sprinkle a little of their flavour into the pot without ruining the dish.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
Golden Boy is up and available on all streaming platforms. Make sure you go and check it out!!!