Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.
It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing.
While often used to refer solely to rapping, “hip hop” more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.
Hip hop continues to grow as a cultural force in Ghana’s entertainment industry, and 2018 looks set to be an exciting year. www.georgebritton.com has revealed some of the Ghanaian hippop artistes you should be listening out for in 2019.
Hailing from the southern part of Ghana, Tema, Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior, popularly known as Kwesi Arthur is an indigenous Ghanaian hip-pop/trap musician who uses his music to fight for his future. He has collaborated with awards winning rapper Sarkodie, and Shatt Wale.
He was born on the 18th of December 1994 in Tema. Kwesi Arthur has spent his whole life around his hood, Tema: from Good Sheperd to Sakumono Estate to Naylor SDA then Temasco. Ever since he shot in to the limelight, he has been able to prove beyond reasonable doubt. The rapper has dropped back to back hits for music lovers to groove to.
The rapper has been relevant for the last few years having songs such as Anthem, Devil Knocking, Grind Day, Woara, Don’t Keeping Me Waiting to his credit. Due to his immense talent, Kwesi Arthur was nominated for ‘Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act’ at the 2018 edition of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards.
The top young rapper in Tema has been growing in stature and talents for the last few years. With a great stage presence and collaborations with other rising stars of the Ghanaian music scene, such as Kelvin Boy, his work continues to develop.
Samuel Adu Frimpong popularly known as Medikal is a Ghanaian hip hop musician. Medikal and Sarkodie had the highest nominations for the 2017 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. The talented rapper has been up to his game, possing danger to other competitors.
Lukeman Ekow Baidoo (born 20 June 1991), who performs under the stage name Teephlow, is a Ghanaian award-winning hip hop recording artist. He rose to fame through the maiden edition of the 2012 “Next Big Thing in GH Hip Pop” Talent Hunt Show and finished first runner-up to Strongman Burner. He released his debut single, The Warning, in 2014 featuring Sarkodie.
The Argentinian rapper hails from the southern part OF Ghana, and most of his own output is part of the current trend for rap music in Ghana. His videos have millions of hits on YouTube, with “Plowducation” a particular favourite with the public.
Strongman Burner, known in real life as Osei Kwaku Vincent (born 10 February 1993) is a Ghanaian Hip hop, Hiplife and Afropop Artiste known for his lyrical and unique rap style. He started active music when he was still a student at T.I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School, Kumasi and he has over the past few years won the hearts of most Ghanaians including fellow artistes.
He saw himself in the limelight after winning the “Focus fm Freestyle Friday” in 2010, “Kfm Freestyle Saturday” in 2011 and “Tha Next Big Thang In Gh Hip-hop” in 2012. In fact, Strongman Burner is regarded as the most creative rapper in Ghana.
Strongman has then worked with many great artiste in Ghana which include Sarkodie, Bisa Kdei, Okyeame Kwame, Flowking Stone, Edem etc. and has also been on tune with DJ Black and many other great DJ’s
Strongman was a member of the MicBurnerz Music, with Azee Ntwene who helped him in progressing in his rap career. He owned a record label known as “Strong Empire‘, the Oseikrom rapper does indigenous rap in a proverbial manner more like Obrafour’s style of rap. But he can be the greater Obrafour because his career prospects look good!
He is currently signed to Sarkcess Music owned by Sarkodie.
Bernard Kwesi Appiah, Born 10, 1990, is an incredible talented artiste by stage name Kwesi Slay. This young chap is a rapper and music producer of Ghanaian descent. His professional recording career dates back 2012, but started doing music as early as age 13 back in his high school days.
The multi-talented artiste has recorded a couple of songs such as 3y3 Norml featuring Yaa Pono, 16 Bars featuring Gallaxy and Street Ways featuring Sariki. Th young sensation rapper looks forward to even bigger collaborations with artiste like Becca, EL, Kojo Cue, and Kofi Kinaata.