Otis Mensah is “a young story-tell­er-rap­per-poet with a tal­ent for draw­ing the poet­ic from the every­day hap­pen­ings in his life.”

The altern­at­ive hip-hop artist has ris­en from a new wave; age and era, embody­ing a con­tem­por­ary, poet­ic take on hip-hop music. The music he cre­ates sheds light on exist­en­tial com­mon­al­it­ies dis­covered through intro­spec­tion with often off-kil­ter lyr­ics, accom­pan­ied by a sen­ti­ment­al vibe.

On the live cir­cuit he has recently sup­por­ted an abund­ance of vari­ous artists across the UK includ­ing; Arres­ted Devel­op­ment, Broth­er Ali, P.O.S, Abstract Orches­tra, Lowkey, and Intch (The King Blues.)

His latest single ‘Oh Jane’ col­lab­or­ates with Ber­lin-based pro­du­cer The Intern, tak­ing the listen­er on a mel­low and mel­an­chol­ic jour­ney. The song cruises through a hazy, exper­i­ment­al jazz-rap sound with a brood­ing and poet­ic depic­tion of the men­tal bur­dens in mod­ern-day soci­ety. It touches on themes of mater­i­al­ism, nos­tal­gia, isol­a­tion and depres­sion. Otis shifts seam­lessly from spoken word to a stream-of-con­scious type rap cadence with volat­ile deliv­ery. The music visu­als act as a rep­res­ent­a­tion of con­tem­pla­tion & intro­spec­tion with a min­im­al­ist under­tone.

Otis Mensah’s music almost appears as a stream of con­scious­ness, as though he is doc­u­ment­ing a jour­ney of thoughts, lyr­ic­ally how­ever drowned in play­ful imagery and uncon­ven­tion­al sym­bol­ism left open to inter­pret­a­tion.

As an artist he per­severes in con­nect­ing to an audi­ence that relates to his writ­ing and shares a mutu­al interest for thought-pro­vok­ing lyr­i­cism and expres­sion­ism.

‘Oh Jane’ is out now:

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.