London rapper Mr Ekow has a knack for crafting personal tracks that everyone can relate to and on his new record “No Man’s Land” he displays a whole new level of vulnerability and honesty. Over a stripped down, soulful backdrop he takes the listener deep into his predicament. The situation is one in which we hear him struggle to reconcile his faith and sexuality and in turn battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Having made the decision to come out in late 2017, Mr Ekow wrote the song in the following months, hoping to capture what led him to his decision. The rapper shares some of his thoughts on the song:
“Having grown up in church, I was well accustomed to hearing that Christianity and being gay didn’t mix. So I hid how I felt. I mostly suffered in silence, while feeling like I was being torn in two separate directions by my head and heart. This song isn’t just a shout for attention. Nor is it a theological argument. This song is a chance for people to enter into my story. A story that I’ve found is all too similar amongst many LGBTQ Christians. This is a chance to be reminded of the humanity behind the issue, no matter what stance you may take. Although it’s quite a dark song, it now feels like a flipside to the happiness I’ve found since fully accepting myself. I don’t expect everyone to accept me, but I hope listeners of all backgrounds are able to see things from a different perspective.”
No Man’s Land features production from regular collaborator Nathan Prospect and guitar played by friend and singer-songwriter Jacob Hilton. Stream it on SoundCloud