It is a widely accepted music form in the hip-pop industry arguably being the claim to fame for most main stream artistes. The likes of Tupac Shakur and Biggy, Jay-Z and Nas, Drake and Meek Mill and in recent times Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim’s beef, pundits in the industry have noted, keeps the industry ever-green with never a dull moment.
These beefs sadly have led to various nasty bad scenes with the greatest been Tupac and Biggy’s sad passing away in 1996.Both murder cases yet to be brought to a closure. Beef songs on a daily bases hit the airwaves with most of them not making the needed impact.
Punch lines fail to achieve the needed impact to artiste(s) its intended for.
Most beefs do not deliver that heavy undermining negative blow that can get the targeted artiste and his/her followers running for cover. In the western world, beef songs are such a big deal to the extent that, it created east coast and west coast feuds.
West coast had Tupac as its originator with Biggy representing the East Coast dragging along with them huge following who in my opinion encouraged the unhealthy beef that led to their death.
Bringing the advent of beefs down to the music industry in Ghana, it has had it fair share. Ex-doe and Chicago, Samini and Shatta Wale, Khaki and MzVee, Tinny and Socrate Safo (movie producer), Medikal and Lil’ shaker and the list is endless.
Beefs in Ghana, I believe should not be encouraged at least for now in our music industry. This is because for a budding industry (compared to others) like Ghana’s, all hands must be on deck to have it develop. For an industry that, internationally have failed to solidify its fronts, hate or beef songs does not position the industry properly to rig in much success story.
Hate songs and beefs leading to violence can turn away investors. If the industry is seen as unstable and not united, it does not create the needed environment for business growth.
It’s in recent times, we see Sarkodie releasing international chat climbing songs and the energies of other artistes should be harness to do like-wise.
I believe when the industry, its stakeholders are out there internationally, some great gains rigged in, then time could be made for songs that I believe “under-mines” or throw shots at colleague industry players.
In the 90’s when Kwaw Kese made his potentials known on the hip-life scene, his style resonated greatly with most hip-life lovers. Probably because his rap style was new and refreshing. Obrafour’s Executioner’s Diary with his ‘Oye Nonsense’ track, even gave him a wider listenership appeal and until today, Kwaw arguably still holds the title for king of the street as well as his self-acclaimed title king of madness (Abodam).
It was his Oye Nonsense track that he was heard using a Kontihene line “migizi bra tema na b3 shw3, oy3 yawa”. This literally translates to migizi come to tema with such a song line, and its laughable.
It is this line that I believed started the seemly beef between the two artiste. This beef both artistes have denied up to date.
Years after the jab taken by Kwaw Kese, fans of Kontihene have waited with unabated breath for Kontihene to reply. Well the wait I believe is over.
Take a listen to Kontihene line in his latest release Sakoaba.
Knowing Kwaw Kese as the king of madness, for Kontihene to say, “Abodam atine nisu”. Literally meaning madness erased, could be referring to Kwaw?
If that be the case, has Kontihene just rejuvenated his beef with Kwaw? Should we be expecting a reply from the later?
Is it about time our industry moves from throwing shots at key players such as the musicians to promoting one another instead?
Is the music beef ever ending?
Written By: Albert Agbenyegah(Phat Albert)