Snap Sounds: Blitz the Ambassador

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BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR

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(Embassy MVMT)

Loving the string-drenched, ecstatically brassy, flamenco-guitar-and-handclap flourishes of production on this Ghanaian rapper's debut. (He'll be performing Mon/15 at the Elbo Room.)

Inevitable comparisons to early Mos Def (the voice) and current Roots (the music) will follow -- and he made me miss Guru's Jazzmatazz a bit -- but the Brooklyn-based, Accra-born Blitz carves out a niche of his own between buoyant celebration and sharp-eyed narrative. Opener "Something to Believe" should be a peak-set dance floor staple, "Ghetto Plantation" shows a vision that takes in contemporary slavery worldwide, and the funk undertow never quits all the way through. And although Blitz is definitely on the politically outspoken tip on many of his songs, there's nary a wince-worthy rhyme here and many fresh observations. This is some complex, soulful music -- it should be really interesting to see if he can keep up his rapid-fire flow live (with a six-piece band, indeed). Check it out below:

Blitz the Ambassador

w/ The Park and Martin Luther

Mon/15, 9 p.m., $8/$10

Elbo Room

647 Valencia, SF

www.elbo.com

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