Henry Johnson LR
4 min readJul 15, 2019

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Even Deportation couldn’t stop him: 6 Ways Bucky Raw Changed Liberia’s 🇱🇷 Music Forever.

April 2018 was a dark day for Raw. He was arrested and returned to his native Liberia, a country he never knew. Raw was deported due to Trump’s war on immigrants, and unexpectedly when he violated the terms of his parole. There, in Liberia, he would face his biggest fear, “how to use his music as a voice for the voiceless.” And being that the country has been ravaged by fifteen years of pointless civil wars, the music industry was not of its age. Africa’s oldest Republic, Liberia stood still, on everything artistic.

It has been a year and some months, after his Deportation, Bucky Raw endures as one of Liberia’s most influential figures and its most potent enigma. At age nine through his adulthood, his life in America was a tapestry of often conflicting images: the Liberian child that was at the time bothered by the realities of his country. In Southwest Philly (Philadelphia), he couldn’t escape the realities of the streets that created a new voice that will later come to change the Liberian Music Industry forever.

In 2017, Raw released his debut mixtape titled “Country Soda.” Country Soda was Raw’s intro to what was to come, “Trapco.” And in 2018, CS2 took over every Liberian party in all parts of the United States, and Liberians on Facebook went wild. It topped at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart. The same year, he went on to win Tunes Liberia Music Awards as Fan Army Of The Year, Album/Mixtape Compilation and Trapco Artist of the Year. With that being said, he also went on to win The Liberian Music Award’s Album of the Year and MTN People’s Choice.

Well, here are 6 Ways Bucky Raw Changed Liberia’s Music Forever:

  1. Bucky Raw has never been afraid of competition: Being raised in America, being competitive is part of the…

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Henry Johnson LR

I am a Liberian-born American writer with great ideas to impact lives and leave this world a little better than I found it.