Without a doubt, Kweku Smoke is one of the ambassadors of the drill wave that took over the streets in Ghana. Though his lyrics appear fierce, Kweku Smoke does not rap about drugs, violence, or hype gangsterism like the dark drill music from the Western World. The Drill genre existed in Ghana way before the ‘Kumericans’ pushed it ferociously into the limelight. “When we started drill here, it was hard for people to even understand this kind of music. Ghanaians, we don’t like hip-hop, it’s not our thing. But gradually, drill is taking over, most young people are doing it now. It’s a good way to promote hip-hop, and in our drill, you can feel the local vibe,” he told Pan African Music.
Inspired by his late brother, Smoke’s debut album, ‘Snoop Forever’ released in 2020 shared intriguing street tales that was worth the attention. Following up, this year, he drops “Big Shmoke” on which he affirms his “hedonistic and boisterous persona”. The 6-track EP released in June featured Bosom Pyung, Yaw Tog, Reggie, O’Kenneth and Jay Bahd. From bouncy trap, ballistic flows to heavy drill anthems, “Big Shmoke” serves a variety of joints to get hooked to if you love Ghana’s drill wave.
Kweku Smoke recently released visuals for “Chairman” off the Big Shmoke EP. On the track, he goes toe-to-toe with Yaw Tog and Bosom P-Yung. Check it out: