The newest material, which Illashaz produced himself, was missed by Emoh Rekerdz and mastered by sound engineer Kofi Hubert.
It addresses a pertinent issue, the challenges of underground artistes.
"As a music producer and artiste myself, I have many talented underground artistes whose works never saw the light of the day. There are many of the Sarkodie’s, Shatta Wales and Kojo Antwi's and the other big acts wasting away underground. SLAP ME FIVE is therefore, to draw attention to the situation and raise awareness about ways to give these underground acts equal platforms" he stated.
Illashaz also uses “Slap Me Five” to show off his lyrical prowess which he talks about on the song. "I am good like that and my works are there to show. I just don't put words together; I make meaning out of them and that has always been my focus." he says.
“Slap Me Five” is the introduction to his upcoming album, “Critical Days”, which he said will be released in April.
"It took a lot of time for me and my team to finally decide on when to come out with the album but I know people will not regret when the album drops in April," he quoted.
Real name Charles Brew, Illashaz is an old student of Accra Academy and originator of music
groups like the Shock Clan, Mamprussi Imperial, Teachers of the Law and Shaolin Monk Funk.
Commenting on the state of the industry, he said, "We are doing well out there is still more work to be done. I believe with time, it will get better with time, it will get better but my foresight has and will always be for the underground acts.”
Stream the song below.