Kofi Kinaata, D-Cryme & Other Rappers Turned Singers

The Ghana music industry has over the years seen most rappers with the likes of Grandpapa Reggie Rockstone, Lord Kenya, Obrafour, Sarkodie, just to mention a few. So if these rappers had to quit rap and start singing because they realise the competition isn’t something they can partake.

Our very own D-Cryme, the Twi-pop general.  In his early music career he started as a rapper from Somanya Technical school to Tema street was known as a rapper until he switched his style to join the singers and luckily he landed a hit song, `Kill Me Shy.` Thereafter, he has been singing till date.

Second person is the Fante rap god, Kofi Kinaata was also a known to be a rapper in the early stages of his career. Becoming a singer, equipped by his undisputed song writing skills, he has won many awards. I think it’s a good move.

Songstress Mildred Ashong under the stage name Eazzy also in the early stages of her career started rapping and called herself a rapper. She later joined Lynx Entertainment and started singing. Maybe the management wanted that but it has been a thoughtful idea for her career.

Feli Nuna please come clear with us, we want to know if you are now a singer because you always call yourself a rapper but the material you’ve been putting out recently indicate that you’re a rapper. No doubt you have a nice seductive voice and I doubt if it’s for singing. She has a latest tune tilted `Dream` check it out and see if she was rapping or singing.

Akoo Nana, Gemini & Four Other Artistes Missing in Action

 We’ve not been so much into 2018, but some artistes in the Ghanaian music scene are making waves whilst others are missing in action. To maintain relevance in the industry qualifies as one of the most difficult tasks in the game. This is probably because in Ghana, a musician has to keep dropping songs to keep his/her name in the discussion. So once an artiste goes off the public scene to perfect his/her craft, or for whatever reason, such person is considered to have fallen off. We take a look at some of these artistes who have been off the radar this year.

Born Darlington Kwesi Agyekum, D-Cryme, the CEO of Twi Pop Records has for some time now not been active. After the hit single “Koko Sakora” which featured Sarkodie he later released another tune titled “I Swear” in January 2018, but didn’t really receive that much attention. Thereafter, we haven’t really heard much about him. I believe he’s cooking something delicious for us.

Second on our list, Eazzy, whose real name is Mildred Ashong has also for some time now not really being active in the music scene after her song with the self-acclaimed Dancehall king Shatta Wale, titled “Power.” Eazzy d’first lady, please we miss your voice wai.

Next is Akoo Nana, the Kasoa youth president. He has also been missed by his fans in Kasoa, around Ghana and the world. After his single with Shatta Wale in 2017 “Super Love” and also some controversies with Musican Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), we haven’t heard from him again.

Gemini Orleans has also been missing for some time now. Although the closest he has got to fame is “I’ll Do, Don’t Do”, it seems as though he’s totally giving up now. No one has been bold and skilled enough to take up his seat as fastest Ghanaian English rapper. In my humble opinion, I believe he should load up more bullets… the game needs his fire.

Donzy Chaka after you gave us “Club” to drink and taking our “Heart Away” in 2017, you forgot us, right? We miss Donzy’s exceptional storytelling, and excellent lyricism. How he weaves to appeal to the local ears isn’t common.

Finally, on our list is Michael Kesse Frimpong better known by his stage name Kesse. After winning the fourth season of TV3 mentor and also partook in season two of MTN’s Project Fame West Africa and was the second runner up to the Nigerian singer Chidinma, he hasn’t really blown up to most corners of the country, that’s after dropping some singles with Sarkodie and Appietus has not really been active.

We await your art, we miss your sonic remedy. Please get back to the studio and feed our hunger.

Words by Paa Kwesi Essel