Incase you didn’t know Sarkodie & Jayso are currently working on a joint album tentatively tittled “The Mind Game.“
With so much chemistry between them, we all expect Sarkodie and Jayso to provide us with a flawless album. If you disagree with me then you didn’t like “Lay Away” which was on Sarkodie’s debut album “Makye“. Anyways that was just Sarkodie and Sway rapping with Jayso on the production.
So I’m here wondering how a joint album between these 2 gentlemen will sound since one is a rapper and one is a super producer and rapper. No I’m not saying one is better than the other, but what I’m really worried about is if their chemistry still exists. Why am I worried?
1. Sarkodie’s secret weapon is his explicit sometimes profane but funny lyrics he uses. Jayso on the other hand is very careful with his flows, a true gentleman who doesn’t cuss.
2. Sarkodie’s highs have been riding on Azonto beats and Mr. Jayso is a pure hip hop head, no Azonto in his zones.
But after hearing their first single “Pizza & Burger” and the buzz it generated I can say they still have that chemistry.
Pizza & Burger
Another question that comes to mind is, does the first single have replay value? Is it doing what a first single off an album should do? Is it creating anticipation for the album? On the bright side, the single is doing well on the “twitter charts” as I like to call it.
I always wondered why they named the album “The Mind Game” and I just answered myself because what if my 2 observations with Jayso not being on the Azonto bandwagon and Jayso not spitting profane lyrics are all the other way round and he is doing it on this album ? What if Jayso will rap in Twi ? What if Sarkodie will rap in English or even get back to rapping fast ? Since so much what ifs are going on in our heads right now, then I know they’re definitely playing a Mind Game with us.
I can’t be the first to judge an album called “The Mind Game” because I’m going get mind fucked at the end of the day. What I’ll say though is that on paper a Sarkodie and Jayso joint album should be like Ghana’s version of Watch The Throne even though their first single isn’t really telling us that.
If this project becomes successful it will a very important and a mind opening move for Ghanaian hip hop. But the question still remains: Is Ghanaian HipHop ready to play “The Mind Game”? Personally I am, are you?