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With the release of his fourth full length album God Don Kam, rapper Jovi has inducted himself into the halls of a Cameroonian music history full of artists who have embraced their own truths in the face of adversity.

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If H.I.V. (Humanity Is Vanishing), the debut album of Cameroonian hip hop MC Jovi, was intended to announce his presence in the expanding African hip hop landscape, it certainly didn’t disappoint. If the follow-up, Mboko God, was meant to establish him as a god of his craft, it also showcased a producer attuned to the sonic possibilities in his backyard—reminding heads worldwide that the Bronx’s most enduring cultural export can cohabitate with the polyrhythmic frames of Bikutsi (Cash), Makossa (Comme Moundi), Njang (Positioning) and Soukous (Nyongo Money).

For this listener, Mboko God’s arch unfolded like a journey into the then and now of the musical trove that is Cameroon. Jovi’s third album, 16 Wives, can be regarded as the rapper-producer’s attempt to accommodate the Afropop and trap sensibilities of the day alongside his ongoing conversation with…

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