Published on May 3rd, 2020 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Ghana’s Blackway Drops His Busta Rhymes Featured Single ‘Intense’; Talks New Music and What Brought Him to Entertainment

Fast rising Hip-Hop artist, Blackway is looking for a repeat of his 2019 success, except this time around he’s getting help from Hip-Hop legend, Busta Rhymes on his new song ‘Intense’. The song is available globally for streaming here:

Last year Blackway saw his hit record ‘What’s Up Danger’ off the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for ”Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” receive a RIAA Certified Gold plaque after selling over 500,000 units in the US alone. After dropping a few speaker knocking singles to end 2019, Blackway spent the first four months of 2020 back home in Ghana recording music and entertaining fans with viral freestyles and EP snippets showcasing his rap skills.

Now to celebrate his birthday, the New York based artist dropped his first single of 2020 and is reminding everyone why he’s considered one of the top lyricists not only from Ghana but in all of Africa. It couldn’t have come at a better time! While recording in Ghana, Blackway recruited a few of the big Ghanian Hip-Hop acts like E.L and M.anifest for his upcoming EP ”New Yhana 2” fully programmed by buzzing producer, Mike Millz. With one more open verse to complete the project, Blackway reached out to Busta Rhymes, seeing an opportunity to not only rap with one of his inspirations but also reintroduce the legend he grew up listening to back to the African Hip-Hop scene.

Blackway shares: ”Collaborating with Busta Rhymes was a dope learning experience for me. Every studio session we’d drink Hennessy and he would start dropping jewels about the industry and just music overall. We have three songs together right now. The other two are gonna be on his upcoming album”. ”Also, I’m an early 90s born who grew up on classic Busta records so this has been on my bucket list since I started rapping in middle school”, he adds.

The drill influenced club banger features Blackway throwing off clever punchlines and wordplay amidst some fast-paced lyricism from Busta Rhymes. The single is definitely an INTENSE display of rap ability and seems like the perfect collaboration that we never knew we needed. This is straight Hip-Hop and not for the weakhearted. It’s a solid addition to your playlists.

The Hype Magazine got Blackway to weigh in on a few things!

From the outside looking in, who is Blackway?

Blackway is the kind of artist who enjoys pushing the limits of his pen. At least one thing about my next song will be better than my last. 

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

I don’t remember specifically when I decide to choose music as my career. But my fascination for the art itself started when I was about 9. I wrote my first verse and never stopped. A decade later I found myself in studios consistently. 

Tell us about the Hip Hop world in Ghana!

The Hip-Hop scene in Ghana is very small. Which makes it easier to have a bigger appreciation for all different styles, in my opinion. I think Ghana has the best pound for pound rappers in Africa. South Africa is up there as well.

Tell us about your current single “Intense” and how you came to get Busta Rhymes involved!

‘Intense’ started off as a freestyle to throw out on SoundCloud. I came up with the idea to put Busta on it weeks after I made it. I called him up while I was in Ghana and sent him the record. He texted me back “fire” emojis. I have 3 songs with him.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

Whats Up Danger. I love cinematic energetic sounds. Music that gives you goosebumps. Thats what What’s Up Danger is and thats what I enjoy making.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

At some point I want to enter the film industry as a writer. I write a lot of stuff for the screen waiting for the day I’m ready to execute those projects.

What makes music so special to you?

Music is special to everyone for the same reasons. We’re all influenced by it. Emotionally. Its therapy. It speaks to you when no one else can. 

Describe one of the biggest moments in your music career?

For now, it’s making the soundtrack for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (What’s up Danger). My first work on a feature film gave me my first gold selling record. 

What can we look forward to from Blackway for the rest of 2020?

My EP. New Yhana 2. And much more. I always have something big planned.


Stay up to date with Blackway by following his socials for more news about upcoming releases & more.

TWITTER: @IamBlackway
FACEBOOK: Blackway
INSTAGRAM: iamblackway



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