Hip Hop can be taken for granted in 2008. That was probably true in 1998 as well. However, for those outside of the over-saturation of artists, mixtapes, Myspaces and all the concentrated elements of the culture, Hip Hop as we knew it, still lives.
On the West African coast, Ghana is one of those places. There, a young Blitz The Ambassador eagerly awaited the arrival of Public Enemy. Not the “Fight The Power” P.E. or even “Shut ‘Em Down” P.E., but the mid ’90s evolution of the group, when touring started to overwhelm radio singles. The experience meant everything, and as Blitz grew, he chased the band and Hip Hop, opting to move to the United States above Europe to live.
In his time in the States, balanced between a college education in Ohio and now living in Brooklyn, Blitz has met his dreams head-on. Opening shows for Akon and Snoop Dogg – as well as Rakim and Chuck D, Blitz The Ambassador is bridging the gap between the Hip Hop of then and now – and always, night to night and show to show.
With his debut album Suicide Stereotype being a two-and-a-half-year creation, Blitz hasn’t sprinted for success, he’s earning his stripes slowly. Working towards “Bono status,” the emcee/producer and graphic designer has bold views on the culture he’s chased the last 15 years. To HipHopDX, he explains his love of ambient music, his hit “Hands of Time,” and what a label needs to do to get him to raise an eyebrow and even consider “putting rims on the whoopty.”
HipHopDX: How old were you when you left Ghana?
Blitz The Ambassador: I left Ghana when I was 17. I