Beef?…Could it be described as a phenomenon of trading lyrical jibes at each other over hot beats?….In definite sense, fans constantly keep their fingers crossed and enjoy the fracas whilst the parties involved strive at all cost to find punchlines to hit their opponent. It takes the form of burlesque music videos, stage mannerisms and sometimes entire albums are dedicated to the coveted battle.
There is no denying the fact that the illest of the disses was that between 2pac shakur and biggie smalls. Other hot battles were that between Jay-Z & Nas,Kool moe dee & busy b,Eminem & ‘the source’ just but to mention a few.
GH music has had its fair share of the universally acclaimed fifth element of Hiphop….’BEEFS’. From the Inception of the hiplife genre by the “grandpapa”,there has been many lyrical hostilities among artistes some of which were later squashed though some are even getting hotter. Talk of Obrafour and Lord Kenya and you will be regarded as a hiplife fan. It all started when they both claimed ownership of the title “Heavyweight champion”. They both claimed to be given the title by the media. Lord Kenya first called Obrafour “Tico”.’The Executioner’ replied by calling Kenya “Tipa” and later on “Sakora”.They hit each other so hard by revealing each other’s past in their songs. In the heat of events,Ex-doe’s “MABA” and Chicago’s “WOBE K)” beef became the talk of town when the earlier close pals took each other on.
Hope you have not forgotten of dancehall king Samini’s beef with the D-styler K.K Fosu where the latter claimed he ‘made’ the former. This did not auger well with Samini.That triggered him to release “IGWE” which featured muggeez of R2bees. Kontihene and Kwaw Kese had never met but beefed each other from different studios. It was a typical no-nonsense lyrical battle. Mad fish and Kwaw Kese both battled over the title “Abodam (MADNESS)”.The ‘Obia nye Obia’ man, Sydney was taken on by borax at a point in the game.
Groups have witnessed internal squabbles that has brought about the total demise of the group or just a mere tearing away of some key members. Talk of Friction from VIP,Praye Tintin from Praye and the separation of Buk Bak and Wutah and you wouldn’t be far from right. Agbeko No. 9 took on Ayigbe Edem in the music world regardless of their common Anlo descent. He claimed Edem orchestrated his dismissal by hammer from the Last 2 Camp.
In recent years, The game has been hotter in terms of beef. Headlining the parade is that between Obrafour and Okyeame Kwame.Obrafour didn’t come to terms with the title ‘BEST RAPPER ALIVE’ Kwame had bestowed upon himself and threw hot punchlines on the controversial ’ kasiebo’ song at Okyeame Kwame and Obour with the able contribution of then upcoming rapper GURU.Okyeame Kwame(The Rap Doctor) had a press release to that effect stating clearly 10 reasons why he wouldn’t reply Obrafour.
ASEM versus R2bees & Sarkodie is a battle everyone would want to watch.Asem released ‘No more Kpayor’ and ‘Fylla’ whiles the Tema based musicians released ‘T.E.M.A’ and ‘Fair warning’. Other rappers like Yaa Pono took on Asem during the controversial rape scandal. Kwaw Kese has beefed the likes of Asem and John Germain on his ‘Killer bewu last show’.He is on record to have said in the song that Out of hunger,Asem signed on GLO.He also called Germain ‘Jon jimijimi’ on that same song.Asem also said in the ‘fylla’ song that he was proud because Kwaw had turned into his P.R.O and so he always metioned his name everywhere he went.In June last year,Kwaw went to the extent of walking out on the ’celebrity soccer show’ just because he was supposed to be on set with Jon Germain,the allo tigo host who has been a strong critic of “the man insane”.
Castro and Tinny blew the ‘beef air’ when tinny didn’t buy the idea that Castro was the ’50 Cent’ of GH as he claimed by saying in one of his songs that he had never seen a ’50 cent’ who dances ‘Mapouka’.Other battles have gone on that will receive mention later. A handful of underground artistes have tried to erupt to stardom by dissing established artistes but those were lame attempts.
For the Love of Ghana Music and just to take you down memory lane,Mawuli Pomary has served his cherished patrons with a plate of all the beefs you would ever think of in GH. LONG LIVE CREATIVITY AND INGENUITY……LONG LIVE GHANA MUSIC!!!!