The latest crossover collaboration between established Western and African musical acts happened over the weekend with Travis Scott dropping his critically acclaimed Utopia album. The album featured one of Ghana’s finest producers, Nabeyin.
Nabeyin is a big sensation in the Ghanaian music scene, providing unmatched production work for several masterpieces for numerous artistes at home and abroad. He is mainly known for his production work for legends like Kanye West on his Grammy-nominated album Donda in 2021 and Drake on his 2017 song “Nothings Into Somethings” from his More Life mixtape. His latest big score is his production contribution to “Telekinesis” off Travis Scott’s Utopia.
The production work was done by Nabeyin alongside Travis Scott himself, BoogzDaBeast, Wallis Lane, Kanye West, Jahaan Sweet, and Hudson Mohawke. The track also features vocal performances by Future and R&B singer SZA. Nabeyin revealed that he was not aware of his feature on the album until two weeks ago. He went on to reveal that the song was conceived in 2017, and numerous versions have been spawned as the years progressed. However, Travis picked the original version on which Nabeyin’s contribution was.
Nabeyin’s rise to the top has been a peculiar one, as he started his music journey with unserious piano sessions in the comfort of his home. The turning point in his career started when Rick Ross and J. Cole showed interest in over fifteen of his beats. Although all of those attempts proved futile, this sparked a passion in the young prodigy. With this pleasant turn of events and a very bright future, we can rest assured of Nabeyin’s place among the greats.